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
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A polka dot platter style saucer was followed by a 1920s inspired cloche.
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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: 1882See Words from the same year
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