toga

noun
to·​ga | \ ˈtō-gə How to pronounce toga (audio) \

Definition of toga

: the loose outer garment worn in public by citizens of ancient Rome also : a similar loose wrap or a professional, official, or academic gown

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Other Words from toga

togaed \ ˈtō-​gəd How to pronounce togaed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of toga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It would never be made in the #MeToo era but the Deathmobile, the food fight and John Belushi in a toga destroying a guitar still have no college-comedy equal. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Need a coronavirus escape? Here are 100 movies to watch for every cinematic yearning," 20 Mar. 2020 The toga was time-consuming to put on, and left one arm immobilized under its complex folds. National Geographic, "In ancient Rome, citizenship was the path to power," 4 Nov. 2019 Dressing the Part Dagli Orti/AurImages Only citizens had the right to wear the toga, the quintessential Roman garment that was placed over the tunic and covered a man's body and shoulders. National Geographic, "In ancient Rome, citizenship was the path to power," 4 Nov. 2019 Mon Mothma's sober toga wasn't as intricate or bank-breaking, but fellow con-goers only wanted to talk to you about Bothan death tolls. Wired, "Everybody Loves Rey, a Star Wars Story," 18 Nov. 2019 After puberty, boys swapped the purple trimmed toga praetexta for the plain toga virilis of a man. National Geographic, "In ancient Rome, citizenship was the path to power," 4 Nov. 2019 Today, there is no band playing on the building’s broad front porch, no one hanging out in the Gentleman’s Bar on the first floor, no one in the infamous party basement, and not a toga in sight. BostonGlobe.com, "But on the second floor, once home to the brothers of Alpha Delta, there are men and women tapping out e-mails, taking conference calls, and huddling for meetings.," 25 Sep. 2019 Veronica, drugged and dressed in a toga, seems to buy into this myth, which is confirmed by an old hermit witch to whom Virginia applies for help. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Our Lady of the Nile' ('Notre-Dame du Nil'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 As Ajaxes 1 and 2, tenors Steven Goldstein and Gregory Zavracky spent their time onstage stuffed inside the same skimpy toga or bathing costume — a source of instant giggles that was bolstered by their strong comic singing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of toga

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toga

Latin; akin to Latin tegere to cover — more at thatch

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“Toga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toga. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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toga

noun
How to pronounce toga (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toga

: a long, loose piece of clothing that was worn by people in ancient Rome

toga

noun
to·​ga | \ ˈtō-gə How to pronounce toga (audio) \

Kids Definition of toga

: the loose outer garment worn in public by citizens of ancient Rome

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