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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ As the toga increased in social importance it also gained in size, though it clearly remained a difficult garment to wear.
▪ I can see it now: In toga and laurel wreath, Big Al will give the thumbs up or thumbs down.
▪ I expect you get fed up of wearing that boring old toga with the purple stripe round it.
▪ In contrast only one surviving statue of Hadrian shows him dressed in a toga.
▪ Often the toga was drawn over his head to make a veil, worn at the performance of religious rites.
▪ On the coin the emperor is shown wearing a toga and seated on a chair, receiving the laurel branches of victory.
▪ The sight of Bobbie Fieldfare, in toga and laurel wreath as one of the assassins, had been too much.
▪ Their carved costumes varied: uniforms, togas, robes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Toga \To"ga\, n.; pl. E. Togas, L. Tog[ae]. [L., akin to tegere to cover. See Thatch.] (Rom. Antiq.) The loose outer garment worn by the ancient Romans, consisting of a single broad piece of woolen cloth of a shape approaching a semicircle. It was of undyed wool, except the border of the toga pr[ae]texta.

Toga pr[ae]texta. [L.], a toga with a broad purple border, worn by children of both sexes, by magistrates, and by persons engaged in sacred rites.

Toga virilis [L.], the manly gown; the common toga. This was assumed by Roman boys about the time of completing their fourteenth year.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from Latin toga "cloak or mantle," from PIE *tog-a- "covering," from root *(s)teg- "to cover" (see stegosaurus). The outer garment of a Roman citizen in time of peace.\n\nThe toga as the Roman national dress was allowed to be worn by free citizens only. A stranger not in full possession of the rights of a Roman citizen could not venture to appear in it. Even banished Romans were in imperial times precluded from wearing it. The appearance in public in a foreign dress was considered as contempt of the majesty of the Roman people. Even boys appeared in the toga, called, owing to the purple edge attached to it (a custom adopted from the Etruscans) toga praetexta. On completing his sixteenth, afterward his fifteenth, year (tirocinium fori), the boy exchanged the toga praetexta for the toga virilis, pura, or libera
--a white cloak without the purple edge. Roman ladies (for these also wore the toga) abandoned the purple edge on being married.

[Guhl & Koner, "The Life of the Greeks and Romans," transl. Francis Hueffer, 1876]

\nBreeches, like the word for them (Latin bracae) were alien to the Romans, being the dress of Persians, Germans, and Gauls, so that bracatus "wearing breeches" was a term in Roman geography meaning "north of the Alps." College fraternity toga party was re-popularized by movie "Animal House" (1978), but this is set in 1962 and the custom seems to date from at least the mid-1950s.\n\nDown on Prospect Street, Campus Club held a toga party, at which everyone wore togas. Charter held a come-as-you-are party, at which everyone wore what they happened to have on, and Cloister held a party called "A Night in Tahiti," at which we'd hate to guess what everyone wore. The borough police reported that only one false alarm was turned in.

["Princeton Alumni Weekly," March 19, 1954]


n. 1 Loose outer garment worn by the citizens of Rome. 2 Loose wrap gown.


n. a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome


The toga, a distinctive garment of Ancient Rome, was a cloth of between 12 and 20 feet in length, draped over the shoulders and around the body. It was usually woven from white wool, and was worn over a tunic. In Roman historical tradition, it is said to have been the favoured dress of Romulus, Rome's founder; it was also thought to have been worn by both sexes. As Roman women gradually adopted the stola, the toga was recognised as formal wear for Roman men, and marked their status as male citizens. Women engaged in prostitution provide the main exception to this rule. The type of toga worn reflected a citizen's rank in the civil hierarchy. Various laws and customs restricted its use to citizens, who were required to wear it for public festivals and civic duties.

From its probable beginnings as a simple, practical work-garment, the toga became more voluminous, complex and costly, increasingly unsuited to anything but formal and ceremonial use. It was and is still considered Ancient Rome's "national costume", but it was hard to put on, uncomfortable and challenging to wear correctly, and never truly popular. When circumstances allowed, those otherwise entitled or obliged to wear it opted for more comfortable, casual garments. It gradually fell out of use, firstly among citizens of the lower class, then those of the middle class. Eventually, it was worn only by the highest classes for ceremonial occasions, and by the 5th century AD, it had been replaced as official costume by the more practical pallium.

Toga (disambiguation)

A toga is a garment worn in Roman times Toga may also refer to:

Usage examples of "toga".

But Paul stared far more curiously at the blond-haired young man in the amethystine toga who ruled the world.

Toga pointed toward the Arthen Stone, then to Gael, then reached for the stone.

Then he handed an aureus to the priestess, and pulled the end of his toga up to cover his head as we entered the sanctuary, lit by arched windows high in the tower.

Was I surprised or not surprised to find the gnome-like Norris enubilated in a toga made festive with a scarlet border design?

The chauffeur who had driven the guests from the train station at Enwood milled around the crowd, looking uncomfortable in his toga, passing out grotesque two-foot-tall Aztec masks.

A few nobles were present too, including a Sicilian with a long jaw who wore the toga of an eques, or knight.

The eques with the thin purple stripe on his toga is a good friend of the Emperor.

Gaius Marius, looking closely into the glazed faces of the men wearing purple-bordered togas all around him in that dreary, mizzling hour after dawn.

Which stands as the leading question of the year, because Munger rummaged around in the folds of his toga and came up with a Mistral coagulator, which he then pointed at my head.

The firelight gleamed from the polished skin of Duodecimus Munger, who had doffed the formal toga and assumed the simple loincloth of the jungle.

Caesar wrapped his toga about his right arm and retreated between his lictors, dragging Nepos with him.

Senate of Rome found themselves with nothing more to give that day, and dragged their leaden feet home to live again in dreams that one magical moment when they actually saw the vision of faceless Quirinus rear up to throw his numinous toga over them as a father over his truehearted and unfailingly loyal sons.

For apparently, when I pulled the lever to introduce the power surge, a goodly portion of the orgone from the toga party streamed through his wires and zapped him a half-mile away.

Essa aveva trovato il suo Eden tra le macerie e sotto la toga cenciosa del nostro mendico aveva scoperto colla sua immaginazione esaltata il tipo della fiera razza degli antichi Quiriti.

Pulling his toga over his head to hide this unmanliness, Drusus wept as if his life was over, while Marius and Rutilius Rufus drew close to him and tried to soothe him, mumbling awkwardly, patting him on the back, clucking and shushing.