cloche

noun
\ 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."

Examples of cloche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Women will wear Plexiglas cloche hats and tube clothing; men will wear elliptical pants and kinetic tunics. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Back to the Future With Pierre Cardin’s Space-Age Fashion," 22 Aug. 2019 The whole pigeon is smoked on a bed of fresh herbs and the bird is presented in a glass cloche, which is then lifted to dramatic effect. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Get ready for a long night — and to have your mind blown — at Arama," 15 Aug. 2019 Women will wear Plexiglas cloche hats and tube clothing. Charlene K. Lau, The Atlantic, "How Pierre Cardin’s Futuristic Fashion Infiltrated Everyday Life," 28 July 2019 In it, Spencer-Young is standing in her own aura of class and self-assurance in a black-and-white graphic print trench and mustard cloche expertly tilted to the side. Elizabeth Wellington, https://www.inquirer.com, "Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, designs a mural that turns a Philly teen into her own inspiration | Elizabeth Wellington," 5 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cloche.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Cite this Entry

“Cloche.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cloche. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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