\ 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 Six days a week, Dave Rountree, better known as Omelet Dave, dons a foot-high toque and stands behind two double burners to make breakfast for the hungry retirees of South Texas. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2022 The dog’s head, topped with a chef’s toque, is featured right there in the logo for Ramona’s Pizza Garden. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 The husband-and-wife team participated in the festival for the first time last year and won the Best Tamale trophy, which features a chef wearing a toque and holding a knife in one hand and a fish in another — but no tamales in sight. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 The top toque as judged by event attendees will receive a trophy and cash prize for their efforts. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 Imbert has a big toque to fill, as food critic Thibaut Danancher suggests, given the legacy the restaurant leaves on the Parisian landscape. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 28 June 2021 Matt McCallister remains the top toque at Homewood, his restaurant on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 4 Feb. 2021 Highly visible in the restaurant under a formal, tall toque, McPhail also took his job far outside the kitchen. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, 12 Oct. 2020 Walt Disney World Center for Culinary Arts & Hospitality has thrown her toque in the ring in years previous for this esteemed award. Amy Drew Thompson,, 12 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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Last Updated

1 Apr 2022

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“Toque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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