• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Praetexta prē-teks′ta the outer garment, bordered with purple, worn at Rome by the higher magistrates and by free-born children till they assumed the toga virilis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., prætexĕre, to fringe.


In literature:

Having enjoyed the sight of the modest maiden so attired, Praetexta went to bed.
"At the Sign of the Barber's Pole" by William Andrews
The 'bulla' was laid aside at the same time as the 'toga praetexta,' and was on that occasion consecrated to the Lares.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Praetexta fabula, 7, 30, 36, 57, 341.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
The long robes embrodered before, called praetextae, were devised first by the Tuscanes.
"The Art of Needle-work, from the Earliest Ages, 3rd ed." by Elizabeth Stone
Each wore a wreath of corn, a white fillet and the praetexta.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
It was formerly usual for the Senators of Rome to enter the Senate-house, accompanied by their sons, who had taken the praetexta.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various