ˈtōk How to pronounce toque (audio)
: a woman's small hat without a brim made in any of various soft close-fitting shapes
: tuque
: a tall brimless hat worn by a chef

called also toque blanche

Examples of toque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Introducing the expedition-grade toque that doesn’t look like an expedition-grade toque. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2022 The front of the package did show Barbie clad in her chef’s whites, a floppy toque, and a very Barbie side-pony. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2023 One 2020 photo shows the justice and Mr. Sokol standing behind a barbecue grill, wearing matching white chef’s toques. Steve Eder, New York Times, 9 July 2023 Advertisement The conservation status of the toque macaque has been included in the IUCN International Red List as endangered. Malaka Rodrigo, Quartz, 10 May 2023 Chefs in toques stand on the ready, often preparing delicacies to-order, such as manti (a sort of Turkish ravioli), baked simit (sesame bread rings), and börek (savory pastries stuffed with spinach and cheese). Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 9 May 2023 Just pack your toque—that’s Canuck for beanie—eh? National Geographic, 26 June 2020 Trotman is keeping the recipe close to his toque for now. Baroness Sheri De Borchgrave, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2023 Over time, the screw cap has been replaced with various types of headwear, often vocational (a chef’s toque, a conductor’s cap, a combat helmet); Mobster Bear wears a white fedora, Tupac Bear wears a knotted red bandana, and Pink Pussyhat Bear, which is yellow, wears a pink pussyhat. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of toque was in 1505

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Cite this Entry

“Toque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a woman's small hat usually without a brim

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