praetexta

praetexta

[pree-tek-stuh]
noun, plural praetextae [pree-tek-stee] .
1.
(in ancient Rome) a white toga with a broad purple border, worn by priests and magistrates as an official costume, and by certain other Romans as ceremonial dress.
2.
a similar garment worn by a boy until he assumed the toga virilis, or by a girl until she married.
Also, pretexta.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin, short for toga praetexta literally, bordered toga. See pretext

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