From Medieval F., itself via Sp. toca âÇśwomanâÇÖs dressâÇÖ and/or It. tocca âÇśtoqueâÇÖ; possibly from Ar. Arab|Ø·Ø§Ùé (tÄüq) (layer, stratum), from OP. taq âÇťveil, shawlâÇŁ.
- A type of hat with no brim.
#*1903, Janet Elder Rait, Alison Howard, Archibald Constable & Co., page 273,
#*:"Because EsmÃ© said she was going out this afternoon to choose a new toque, and she hoped I should like it, and IâÇÖm not quite sure what it is, or where she'll wear it. Do you mind explaining?"
#*:"Not at all. A toque is that which if it had strings would be a bonnet, and if it had brim, would be a hat. It is worn on the head."
#*:"Thanks, now I know where I am," said the vicar of St. Machars, with a sigh of relief.
#*1932, Vyvyan Holland, translator, The Strange River by Julien Green, Harper & Brothers, page 180,
#*:She drank a glass of wine mixed with water, took off her felt toque and her shoes, and slid beneath the red eiderdown.
#*1957, w:Samuel Beckett|Samuel Beckett, w:Endgame (play)|"Endgame",
#*:In a dressing-gown, a stiff toque on his head, a large blood-stained handkerchief over his face, a whistle hanging from his neck, a rug over his knees, thick socks on his feet, Hamm seems to be asleep.
- context|specifically|Canadian English tuque, a winter hat that is often a woolen, cotton or acrylic, tightly knit triangular shaped hat with a small pom-pom affixed at the top. Similar to military watch-cap.
#*1998 — Such is the demented nature of the universe that I was too weak to properly respond to my being hit on by carloads of Betties and VeronicasâÇöall except for the cheeky Cheryl Anderson who gave me âÇśmanual releaseâÇÖ the day I lost my eye-brows, followed by a flood of tears and the snapping of Polaroids in which I wear a knit toque. Gush gush. — Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma, Chapter 1
- context|specifically A tall white hat with no brim of the sort wear|worn by chefs
#*1999, Michael Ruhlman, The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America, Owl Books, ISBN 0805061738, page 154,
#*:Chef Felder was in her early forties, slender, with short wavy brown hair, almost all of which could be contained within her toque.
#*2000, Jerrilyn Farmer, Killer Wedding, HarperCollins?, ISBN 0380795981, page 103,
#*:When I came to the back of a man's head, wearing a toque, I knew I'd spotted my quarry.
#*2004, Laura Levine, Killer Blonde, Kensington Books, ISBN 0758201621, page 114,
#*:Minutes later, a red-faced man in a chef's toque approached our table.
- by extension|informal A chef.
#*2007 October, Nicole Berrie, "Green Eggs and Sam", in w:Elle|Elle, page 360,
#*:Sam Mason first grabbed the spotlight as the pastry chef ... for being the most rock 'n' roll toque in town.
rfc-level|Translations at L3+ (AutoFormat? would have corrected level of Translations)
Dutch: toque f or m
French: toque f
trans-top|Canadian winter hat
Hungarian: tÃ©li sapka
From Sp. toca âÇśwomanâÇÖs dressâÇÖ and/or It. tocca âÇśtoqueâÇÖ; possibly from Ar. Arab|Ø·Ø§Ùé (tÄüq) (layer, stratum), from OP. taq âÇťveil, shawlâÇŁ.
- #English|toque, rimless hat
- tuque, Canadian type of winter hat
toque de jockey
toque de magistrat
toque de queda