- a brimless and close-fitting hat for women, in any of several shapes.
- a velvet hat with a narrow, sometimes turned-up brim, a full crown, and usually a plume, worn by men and women especially in 16th-century France.
Origin of toque
1495–1505; < French; replacing earlier toock, towk (< Portuguese touca coif), tock, tocque (< Italian tocca cap), toke (< Spanish toca headdress); ulterior origin obscure
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Examples from the Web for toque
She did not notice the mishap to the toque and left it where it had fallen.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Its shape, however, was not that of the toque of our milliners.
Of these the most marked features are the rolled-up cap or toque and the short coat.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
The one in the toque gave the one with the bird of paradise a slight push.To Tell You the Truth
She was wearing her black dress and the toque with the high feather.Command
- a woman's small round brimless hat, popular esp in Edwardian times
- a hat with a small brim and a pouched crown, popular in the 16th century
- Canadian same as tuque (def. 2)
- a chef's tall white hat
C16: from French, from Old Spanish toca headdress, probably from Basque tauka hat
Word Origin and History for toque
kind of round hat, c.1500, from Middle French toque (15c.), from Spanish toca "woman's headdress," possibly from Arabic *taqa, from Old Persian taq "veil, shawl."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper