Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A loose one-piece outer garment worn in public by male citizens in ancient Rome.
  • noun A robe of office; a professional or ceremonial gown.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun (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.
  • noun a toga with a broad purple border, worn by children of both sexes, by magistrates, and by persons engaged in sacred rites.
  • noun the manly gown; the common toga. This was assumed by Roman boys about the time of completing their fourteenth year.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin toga, from tegō ("I clothe").

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.

    Archive 2007-09-23

  • 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.

    Virgin Announces New Holiday Destination

  • 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.

    BOO!!

  • 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."

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • 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

  • 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

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