[ tohk ]
/ toʊk /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toque


/ (təʊk) /


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

Word Origin for toque

C16: from French, from Old Spanish toca headdress, probably from Basque tauka hat
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