American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A loose one-piece outer garment worn in public by male citizens in ancient Rome.
- n. A robe of office; a professional or ceremonial gown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal outer garment worn by the ancient Romans. It was a loose and flowing mantle or wrap, of irregular form, in which it differed from the kindred Greek garment, the himation, which was rectangular. It was made of wool, or sometimes (under the emperors) of silk, and its usual color was white. It covered the whole body with the exception of the light arm, and the right to wear it was an exclusive privilege of the Roman citizen. The toga virilis, or manly robe, was assumed by Roman youths when they attained the age of fourteen. The toga prætexta, which had a deep purple border, was worn by the children of the nobles, by girls until they were married, and by boys until they were fourteen, when they assumed the toga virilis. It was also the official robe of the higher magistrates, of priests, and of persons discharging vows. The toga picta was ornamented with Phrygian embroidery, and was worn by high officers on special occasions, such as the celebration of a triumph. The trabea was a toga ornamented with horizontal purple stripes; it was the characteristic uniform of the knights (equites) upon festival days. Persons accused of any crime allowed their togas to become soiled (toga sordidata) as a sign of dejection; candidates for public offices whitened their togas artificially with chalk; while mourners wore a toga pulla of natural black wool. See also cut in next column.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) The loose outer garment worn by the ancient Romans, consisting of a single broad piece of woolen cloth of a shape approaching a semicircle. It was of undyed wool, except the border of the toga prætexta.
- n. a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome
- From Latin toga, from tegō ("I clothe"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This act was symbolised by the Romans in the beautiful ceremony of putting on the toga of manhood (_toga virilis_), when the lad was led by his father to the Capitoline temple to make sacrifices to”
“My final candidate for the toga is the inestimable Kate Hoey.”
“Branson, who skydived into the press launch wearing nothing but a red Virgin toga, said of the launch, Virgin has a history of being the first to launch new holiday destinations.”
“SCENE: Roman citizen (Dave winer) in toga in a hotel room sitting.”
“The only costume that comes easily to mind for chubbies and chubbettes is a toga, but fat guys in toga look like fat guys in a sheet.”
“I adored them, both the history and Lizzie's take on them: "[The toga] went on to become a favorite costume of college fraternity parties, for reasons this author cannot fathom, as the toga is neither flattering nor comfortable, especially when worn with control top underwear.”
“Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?”
“The front page news as we flew down was of hundreds of stundents dressed in Greek toga's all going a bit mad throwing eggs and flour everywhere down the main high street te day before.”
“His toga was a little awry; he twitched it into the proper folds.”
“Shopping in a toga is a bargain lovers dream come true!”
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