\ ˈklōsh How to pronounce cloche (audio) \

Definition of cloche

1 : a bell- or dome-shaped cover:
a : a glass or plastic cover used to protect small outdoor plants from frost also : a similar cover used indoors to display or protect ornamental objects
b : a cover (as of metal or ceramic) placed over food during preparation or serving
2 : a woman's close-fitting hat usually with deep rounded crown and narrow brim

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Does the meaning of cloche ring a bell?

The word cloche refers to very different things but the connection between them is apparent in the word's meaning: cloche is French for "bell," and both the gardening cloche and the hat cloche are typically shaped like the archetypal bell. The gourmands among you may be aware of another kind of cloche as well. Covered in our unabridged dictionary, Webster's Third New International, cloche also refers to a bell-shaped cover placed over food in cooking or serving. The French word cloche comes from Medieval Latin clocca, which is also the source of the words "cloak" and "clock."

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In the office, another vintage cloche showcases dozens of pale blue butterflies painstakingly assembled by Steil. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 2018 Korean cuisine by Jeremy Ford Expect artistic presentation at Jeremy Ford's Time Out Market outpost, inspired by dishes at Stubborn Seed, such as this smoked foie gras under a glass cloche. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Time Out Market's latest additions are a who's who of Miami's chefs. Take a look. | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 These rule-breakers lived for hair decorations, particularly pearls, sequins, and cloche hats with feathers protruding on one side. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 In the meantime, protect transplants and new growth with garden netting, summer weight garden fabric, or wire cloches gently covering any newbies. Sunset, "Top Tips to Keep Plants Safe from Garden Pests," 22 Jan. 2018 For floral centerpieces, incorporate obscurity, like glass cloches and fruit, for impact rather than building out too many grandiose bloom moments. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Create the Perfect Bridal Tablescape For Any Style—with Flowers," 8 June 2017 Yes, there are some aerated sauces, er, foams, and even the occasional puff of smoke coming from a cloche (voila!). Victoria Pesce Elliott, miamiherald, "Why this restaurant earned our first ‘Exceptional’ review in two years. (Hint: its talented tattooed chef) | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 The lanterns were lit, the food was plated and under silver cloches to keep it from cooling, the wine had been uncorked and placed in an ice bucket, bottled water was at the ready, napkins had been unfolded. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Room Service Is Supposed to Be Great—Here's Why It's Not," 12 Mar. 2018 There were three entrees under silver cloches, two of which looked like fried chicken wings (dead birds, get it?) and racks full of water and soda at the end. Conor Orr,, "For the Patriots, It Felt Like an Ending," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cloche

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cloche

French, literally, bell, from Medieval Latin clocca

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The first known use of cloche was in 1882

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