toga

Definitions

  • Shawl or Toga Pin
    Shawl or Toga Pin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n toga a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toga (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 prætexta.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toga The principal outer garment worn by the ancient Romans. It was a loose and flowing mantle or wrap, of irregular form, in which it differed from the kindred Greek garment, the himation, which was rectangular. It was made of wool, or sometimes (under the emperors) of silk, and its usual color was white. It covered the whole body with the exception of the light arm, and the right to wear it was an exclusive privilege of the Roman citizen. The toga virilis, or manly robe, was assumed by Roman youths when they attained the age of fourteen. The toga prætexta, which had a deep purple border, was worn by the children of the nobles, by girls until they were married, and by boys until they were fourteen, when they assumed the toga virilis. It was also the official robe of the higher magistrates, of priests, and of persons discharging vows. The toga picta was ornamented with Phrygian embroidery, and was worn by high officers on special occasions, such as the celebration of a triumph. The trabea was a toga ornamented with horizontal purple stripes; it was the characteristic uniform of the knights (equites) upon festival days. Persons accused of any crime allowed their togas to become soiled (toga sordidata) as a sign of dejection; candidates for public offices whitened their togas artificially with chalk; while mourners wore a toga pulla of natural black wool. See also cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Toga tō′ga the mantle or outer garment of a Roman citizen
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Quotations

  • Aldous Huxley
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    “Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., akin to tegere, to cover. See Thatch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—tegĕre, to cover.

Usage

In literature:

But a party cannot afford to hide its face in its toga.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
The "I must be found" air of Othello was again displayed, in ripe perfection, through the Roman toga.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
To say that Belisarius became a beggar means little to us when it seems only the difference between a rich and a tattered toga.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
He put on his toga, which his wife Racilia brought him.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
The lower seats were crowded with togas as white as snow.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Dressed just like father, in his long, white toga.
"Marcus: the Young Centurion" by George Manville Fenn
Now, a robe arranged on a dummy would look just like the toga of Cassius on the gallows.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
The very kings of shreds and patches on the boards came to blows and the Roman toga concealed a poignard.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
He might wear a toga and then be Marius among the ruins of Carthage.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
Do not confound arms and the toga, as Cicero says.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
They also show throughout an oblong form, differing in this essentially from the Roman toga.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Was the old Roman less a man in his cumbrous toga, than Washington in his tights?
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
His guests were furnished with togas and partook of the meal in a reclining position, like the Romans of old.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
The toga, tablecloth, or dressing-gown, whatever the creature wore, took a hundred shapes.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
He gave his boy his toga, or, as we should say, made a man of him.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Look at his scaly toga!
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
This singular custom is rare but exists in the Togas, a tribe of savages.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The toga triumphalis was also called the toga picta, because its precious purple fabric was covered with gorgeous embroideries.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Three holy men holding scrolls, barefoot and robed in tunic and toga.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
She was dressed in the new shell-white toga that was fashionable just then.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
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In poetry:

But, Chloe, you're no infant thing
That should esteem a man an ogre;
Let go your mother's apron-string,
And pin your faith upon a toga!
"To Chloe" by Eugene Field
So great his song we deem a little while
That Song itself with his great voice hath fled,
So grand the toga-sweep of his great style,
So vast the theme on which his song was fed.
"Alfred Tennyson" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Lauded as the best-selling light by New York's popular Toga Bike Shop, the Blaze ½W and SuperFlash set delivers one of the brightest lights of all products tested, Mr Giron said.
The colorful images of a year of white-collar scandals - toga-party videos, executives lavishing themselves with outrageously expensive toys, corporate looting by the billion - may turn out to be just a warm-up act.
Toga , Toga at the Flora-Bama Sunday night (photos).
Enlarge Brian Kelly bkelly@al.com Folks came out to the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package for its Howl at the Moon Toga Party in Perdido Key on Sunday, Sept 30, 2012.
Toga just created a new homepage.
Obama to visit ' Toga .
5 things you need to know about Toga Bar.
The 2011 Clear Lake Greek Festival returned for the 18th year with their first ever Toga Fun Run.
Participants grabbed their sneakers and sunblock, and dusted off their college togas, or invented an all new one.
PugFest Toga Party' to benefit reading festival.
'Caligula' Gives a Toga Party (but No One's Really Invited).
'Old School': A toga party upgrade.
Russell Crowe in a Toga , but Not a Single Orgy.
Romans may have draped themselves in togas, but they reportedly dressed their salads with a sprinkling of salt.
Quief Quota 's portrait features the band members in tighty whities being fed grapes, bananas and spaghetti by toga-clad ladies.
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In science:

The derived convenient equation (13) is applied to any galaxies forming young massive stars in H II regions as far as they have neither an extremely small dust-togas ratio nor an AGN, if we choose a set of parameters reasonable for applied galaxies. 5.
Conversion Law of Infrared Luminosity to Star Formation Rate for Galaxies
For example, the dust-togas mass ratio is of the order of 10−4 at the first a few Gyr from the formation of the Milky Way (or the onset of the major star formation at the solar neighborhood).
The origin of dust in galaxies revisited: the mechanism determining dust content
Moreover, the dust-togas ratio may be much enhanced in the proto-solar nebula relative to the average ISM.
The origin of dust in galaxies revisited: the mechanism determining dust content
In the Arched Filaments, we find a dust-togas ratio ∼ 0.4 by mass.
An analysis of infrared emission spectra from the regions near the Galactic Center
The results show that spherically symmetric regions will develop in which dust-togas ratios are enhanced, and lead to results which are closely similar to those observed in young PNe.
Rings and Halos in the Mid-Infrared: The Planetary Nebulae NGC 7354 and NGC 3242
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