\ ˈtōk How to pronounce toque (audio) , ˈt(y)ük \

Definition of toque

1 : a woman's small hat without a brim made in any of various soft close-fitting shapes
2 : tuque
3 : a tall brimless hat worn by a chef

called also toque blanche

Examples of toque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Davaillon, a native of France, opened the Dallas restaurant in 2017, having previously served as the top toque at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "2 downtown Dallas restaurants, Bullion and the French Room, undergo significant shifts," 21 Jan. 2020 Favel was wearing a green toque and black-rimmed eyeglasses when last seen, according to the statement. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Two inmates escape from Canadian penitentiary, police say," 5 Oct. 2019 This excepts the sort where staffers in toques prepare crab omelets to order and the champagne flows freely. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Life’s a buffet. Wear stretch pants. | Review," 2 Oct. 2019 And 850 guests gleefully savored gourmet nibbles and superior sips provided by top toques and vintners. Catherine Bigelow,, "Soiree sends up San Francisco’s new event space at Pier 70," 6 June 2019 In this land of hard and fast kitchen etiquette, where towering toques once ruled, the food landscape is a kaleidoscope of quality dining experiences at all levels. Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Restaurants in Paris," 4 Mar. 2018 Also unclear is whether Grace’s stunning interior will remain the same, what price points the menu will hit and how well Katsumura, donning an executive-chef toque for the first time, will perform under what’s sure to be a great deal of scrutiny. Phil Vettel,, "New restaurant headed to the Grace space, with Mari Katsumura as chef," 2 July 2018 He and 12-year-old daughter Adelaide, youngest of his and Leah’s three children (the oldest, Grayson, is 22), would grab their toques and sticks, and skate for hours unbothered. Alex Prewitt,, "How the Roster Decisions of Golden Knights GM George McPhee Color the Stanley Cup Final," 28 May 2018 Yet on any given night, chances are Wilmot will be in the kitchen in her tall white toque, long black braids hanging down her back. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "A Day In the Life of a Line Cook at One of NYC's Fanciest Restaurants," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of toque

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toque

Middle French, soft hat with a narrow brim worn especially in the 16th century, from Old Spanish toca headdress

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The first known use of toque was in 1505

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27 Jan 2020

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“Toque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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