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 objectsb : 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
cloche was our Word of the Day on 12/04/2012. Hear the podcast!
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of cloche
French, literally, bell, from Medieval Latin clocca
First Known Use: 1882
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cloche? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).