American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman's small, brimless, close-fitting hat.
- n. A plumed velvet cap with a full crown and small rolled brim, worn in 16th-century France.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See toboggan-cap.
- n. A head-covering formerly worn by men and women—a diminished form of hat with turned-up brim. It gradually approached the shape of a very small light cap of silk, which was surrounded and compressed by a band of twisted silk, or of richer material, in such a way as to give it a slight resemblance to a hat with a brim. Its complete form was reached about 1560. It was generally adorned with a small plume.
- n. A small bonnet in the shape of a round, close-fitting crown without a projecting brim, worn by women in the nineteenth century.
- n. The bonnet-macaque, Macacus sinensis, so called from the arrangement of the hairs of the head into a kind of toque or cap; also, some similar monkey, as M. pileolatus of Ceylon. See cut under bonnet-macaque.
- n. A small nominal money of account, used in trading on some parts of the west coast of Africa. Forty cowries make one toque, and five toques one hen or gallinha.
- n. A type of hat with no brim.
- n. specifically A tall white hat with no brim of the sort worn by chefs
- n. by extension, informal A chef.
- n. A variety of bonnet monkey.
- n. Canada A knitted hat, usually conical but of varying shape, often woollen, and sometimes topped by a pom-pom or tassel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of cap worn in the 16th century, and copied in modern fashions; -- called also
- n. (Zoöl.) A variety of the bonnet monkey.
- n. a small round woman's hat
- n. a tall white hat with a pouched crown; worn by chefs
- 1871. Assimilated from Canadian French tuque, from Old French toque. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Spanish toca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It makes me feel like a pro yet the baker's toque is missing.”
“A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch, and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !”
“Before setting out from Pembina, he bought boots, toques [for my American readers, a toque is a winter hat], a parka, two sets of gloves, thermal socks, a compass, trail mix and water.”
“A toque is a type of hat that is cylindrical in shape and of which the top is several inches about the top of the head.”
“Then that started the discussion about the "toque" (chef's hat), which then confused jessica because Canadians always assume toque = touque = tuque = winter hat.”
“The participants were two young and pleasant-looking girls: they discussed matters feminine, of which only the words "toque," "a bewitching little thing," and "pink velvet" had reached my ears; but when I heard the question, "What became of your last poem, Clara?”
“Her head-dress was that worn by all quadroons -- the "toque" of the Madras kerchief, which sat upon her brow like a coronet, its green, crimson, and yellow checks contrasting finely with the raven blackness of her hair.”
“Now and then a negro gallops past, turbaned like a Turk; for the chequered Madras "toque" has much the appearance of the Turkish head-dress, but is lighter and even more picturesque.”
“Her appearance, of course – the strong, masculine face and honey hair, all crags and straw, the dark toque and oversize coat somewhat incongruous in a boutique hotel in central Paris – but more her sense of wonder, her openness to the possibility of wonder in herself and others.”
“Formerly, widows married in gray or mauve, though it was later thought permissible for her to wear a cream or white dress, though some wore pale colors, with a matching hat or toque, and a bouquet comprised of mauve, pink, or violet flowers.”
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