Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A white robe with a purple border, worn by a Roman boy before he was entitled to wear the toga virilis, or until about the completion of his fourteenth year, and by girls until their marriage. It was also worn by magistrates and priests.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white robe with a purple border, worn by a Roman boy before he was entitled to wear the toga virilis, or until about the completion of his fourteenth year, and by girls until their marriage. It was also worn by magistrates and priests.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient Rome: A white toga or wrap with a broad purple border, worn by children of both sexes.
  • n. A white toga with a broad border of purple, worn as their official dress by higher magistrates and priests, and upon certain ceremonial occasions, as the discharge of vows or the celebration of religious rites, by those citizens who were chiefly concerned. Compare clavus.

Etymologies

Latin (sc. toga), from praetextus, past participle of praetexere to weave before, to fringe, border; prae before + texere to weave. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The robe, called praetexta, with large borders of purple, being the formal dress of magistrates in their dignity, and in the exercise of their office, the actors, who had this dress, gave its name to the comedy.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • If, finally, you see him lamenting, complaining, unhappy, call him a slave though he wears a praetexta.

    The Discourses of Epictetus

  • Then he would take off the customary toga praetexta of a Roman boy and put on him the toga virilis, the coat of manhood.

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

  • He was wearing his silly wig, of course, and a purple-bordered toga praetexta, his twenty-four lictors crouched on the ground forward of the front row.

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  • Seated on a curule chair, Sulla in toga praetexta and full Roman majesty glared.

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  • Except for you, Mamercus, spoiling things in your praetexta and emitting those peculiar sounds.

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  • You should have abandoned the praetexta, it's just a trifle too much purple.

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  • He was dressed in the purple-bordered toga praetexta and preceded by twenty-four lictors shivering in crimson tunics and brass-bossed black leather belts, with the ominous axes inserted in their bundles of rods.

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  • Unclean, unclean, unclean, unclean: Sulla kept repeating the word over and over as he hurried home, there to bathe and clothe himself this time in toga praetexta-a man did not have more than one set of triumphal regalia, and that one set only if he had triumphed.

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  • Once you elected to set yourself upon a tribunal with toga praetexta and curule chair and lictors, you became Rome.

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