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[tohk] /toʊk/
a brimless and close-fitting hat for women, in any of several shapes.
a velvet hat with a narrow, sometimes turned-up brim, a full crown, and usually a plume, worn by men and women especially in 16th-century France.
1495-1505; < French; replacing earlier toock, towk (< Portuguese touca coif), tock, tocque (< Italian tocca cap), toke (< Spanish toca headdress); ulterior origin obscure Unabridged
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Examples from the web for toque
  • He tugs a woolly toque over his long hair, zips up his army-surplus jacket, and puts on his heavy leather gloves.
  • To derive the moment of the damper that is controllable, one must minus the spring toque from the total moment.
British Dictionary definitions for toque


a woman's small round brimless hat, popular esp in Edwardian times
a hat with a small brim and a pouched crown, popular in the 16th century
(Canadian) same as tuque (sense 2)
a chef's tall white hat
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Spanish toca headdress, probably from Basque tauka hat
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Word Origin and History for toque

kind of round hat, c.1500, from Middle French toque (15c.), from Spanish toca "woman's headdress," possibly from Arabic *taqa, from Old Persian taq "veil, shawl."

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Encyclopedia Article for toque

small, round, close-fitting hat, brimless or with a small brim, once worn by both men and women. In the 12th and 13th centuries, women wore embroidered toques, made of velvet, satin, or taffeta, on top of their head-veils.

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