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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toque (təʊk)
1.  a woman's small round brimless hat, popular esp in Edwardian times
2.  a hat with a small brim and a pouched crown, popular in the 16th century
3.  (Canadian) same as tuque
4.  a chef's tall white hat
[C16: from French, from Old Spanish toca headdress, probably from Basque tauka hat]

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Word Origin & History

kind of round hat, 1505, from M.Fr. toque (15c.), from Sp. toca "woman's headdress," possibly from Arabic *taqa, from O.Pers. taq "veil, shawl."
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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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Example sentences
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.
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