Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Loose outer garment worn by the citizens of Rome.
  • n. Loose wrap gown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The principal outer garment worn by the ancient Romans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome

Etymologies

Latin; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin toga, from tegō ("I clothe"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

    The Religion of Numa And Other Essays on the Religion of Ancient Rome

  • My final candidate for the toga is the inestimable Kate Hoey.

    Taking the Toga

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • SCENE: Roman citizen (Dave winer) in toga in a hotel room sitting.

    Scripting News for 6/2/2007 « Scripting News Annex

  • 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.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • 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."

    Queen of Babble

  • Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?

    Hello Whatever I Will Call It

  • 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.

    TravelPod.com Recent Updates

  • His toga was a little awry; he twitched it into the proper folds.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Shopping in a toga is a bargain lovers dream come true!

    Archive 2007-04-01

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