Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woman's outer garment, cut like a clerical cope, having generally a hood, and falling loosely around the person, but not very long: worn during the first half of the nineteenth century.
  • noun A somewhat similar garment worn by men, usually as an overcoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of large cape, or short, full cloak, forming part of the dress of ladies.
  • noun A similar garment worn formerly by gentlemen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated A kind of large cape, or short, full cloak.

Etymologies

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Probably named after Talma, a French actor.

Examples

  • Such as it was I feel again its majesty on those occasions on which I dragged -- if I must here once more speak for myself only -- after Albany cousins through its courts of edification: I remember being very tired and cold and hungry there, in a little light drab and very glossy or shiny "talma" breasted with rather troublesome buttonhole-embroideries; though concomitantly conscious that I was somehow in Europe, since everything about me had been "brought over," which ought to have been consoling, and seems in fact to have been so in some degree, inasmuch as both my own pain and the sense of the cousinly, the Albany, headaches quite fade in that recovered presence of big

    A Small Boy and Others

  • The figure in the talma answers with a bow, slips something into the hand of the servant, passes softly up the great stairs, and is soon lost to sight.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • He lays aside his talma, places his gloves on the centre-table, which is heaped with an infinite variety of delicately-enveloped missives and cards, all indicative of her position in fashionable society.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • Charleston hotel, the tall figure of a man wrapped in a massive talma.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • Miss Metoaca, who had resigned herself to the inevitable after her recent explosion, was busy knitting a talma, a round cape which, like Penelope's web, seemed to the uninitiated to have no beginning and no end.

    The Lost Despatch

  • We could do without it if I couldn't afford it, she said, and I must have a talma cloak anyhow, and the children needed so many things, but she didn't want anything for herself.

    Bill Arp from the uncivil war to date, 1861-1903,

  • Well, yes; that bundle in the United States blanket was two oilcloths and a big, hairy cloak, cape, or talma - never knew exactly what.

    Humorous incidents of the Civil War,

  • He usually wore a talma of coarse fabric, loose and reaching to his hips.

    The Vigilance Committee of 1856

  • The officer could tell her, after a glance at the faultless gentleman who was her neighbor, that the arms so conspicuously crossed in his lap, are false, his real arms all the time being free to operate under the folds of his talma.

    The Secrets of the Great City

  • The officer could tell her, after a glance at the faultless gentleman who was her neighbor, that the arms so conspicuously crossed in his lap, are false, his real arms all the time being free to operate under the folds of his talma.

    Lights and Shadows of New York Life or, the Sights and Sensations of the Great City

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