- A type of hat with no brim.
Etymology: From Medieval , itself via toca "woman"s dress" and/or tocca "toque"; possibly from (Arab, Ù) (tÄq) (layer, stratum), from taq "veil, shawl".
- 1903, Janet Elder Rait, Alison Howard, Archibald Constable & Co., page 273,
- :"Because Esmé said she was going out this afternoon to choose a new , and she hoped I should like it, and I"m not quite sure what it is, or where she'll wear it. Do you mind explaining?"
- :"Not at all. A 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 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 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 Veronicas"all except for the cheeky Cheryl Anderson who gave me "manual release" the day I lost my eye-brows, followed by a flood of tears and the snapping of Polaroids in which I wear a knit . 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 .
- 2000, Jerrilyn Farmer, Killer Wedding, HarperCollins?, ISBN 0380795981, page 103,
- :When I came to the back of a man's head, wearing a , I knew I'd spotted my quarry.
- :"Chef Reynoso?"
- 2004, Laura Levine, Killer Blonde, Kensington Books, ISBN 0758201621, page 114,
- :Minutes later, a red-faced man in a chef's 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 in town.
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