Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of hat with no brim.
  • n. A tall white hat with no brim of the sort worn by chefs
  • n. A chef.
  • n. A variety of bonnet monkey.
  • n. A knitted hat, usually conical but of varying shape, often woollen, and sometimes topped by a pom-pom or tassel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of cap worn in the 16th century, and copied in modern fashions; -- called also toquet.
  • n. A variety of the bonnet monkey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See toboggan-cap.
  • n. A head-covering formerly worn by men and women—a diminished form of the hat with turned-up brim.
  • 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.

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

  • n. a small round woman's hat
  • n. a tall white hat with a pouched crown; worn by chefs

Etymologies

French, from Spanish toca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 1500. From Old French toque, itself via Spanish toca ("woman’s dress") and/or Italian tocca ("toque"); possibly from Arabic طاق (tāq, "layer, stratum"), from Old Persian taq ("veil, shawl"). (Wiktionary)
1871. Assimilated from Canadian French tuque, from Old French toque. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It makes me feel like a pro yet the baker's toque is missing.

    The Baking Bug Again

  • A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch, and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !

    Dawg's Blawg

  • 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.

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • 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.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Then that started the discussion about the "toque" (chef's hat), which then confused jessica because Canadians always assume toque = touque = tuque = winter hat.

    first frost

  • 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?"

    The Writer, Volume VI, April 1892. A Monthly Magazine to Interest and Help All Literary Workers

  • 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.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • 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.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • 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.

    The Saturday interview: Patti Smith

  • 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.

    The Wedding | Edwardian Promenade

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  • Hello, you left out something very important! This word is used to describe a wool knitted cap such as we wear in winter. In Canada, this is the preferred word for such a hat and everybody uses it all the time! I've sent a note on this but it hasn't registered. We are truly feeling like we are lost in the hinterland when our definition of a current word is not included. And you can definitely expect to see this word more than once a year. Thanks!

    September 15, 2009

  • These definitions are really archaic! In Canada, "toque" is a regular, everyday word. It's a woolen knit cap to keep your head warm in winter. Everybody says "toque". So where is the current definition here?

    July 22, 2009