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  1. a brimless and close-fitting hat for women, in any of several shapes.
  2. 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.
  3. tuque.
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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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Historical Examples

  • She did not notice the mishap to the toque and left it where it had fallen.

    Joan of Arc of the North Woods

    Holman Day

  • 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

    Leonard Merrick

  • She was wearing her black dress and the toque with the high feather.


    William McFee

British Dictionary definitions for toque


  1. a woman's small round brimless hat, popular esp in Edwardian times
  2. a hat with a small brim and a pouched crown, popular in the 16th century
  3. Canadian same as tuque (def. 2)
  4. a chef's tall white hat
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Word Origin

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

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