Definition of toque in English:



  • 1A woman's small hat having a narrow, closely turned up brim.

    • ‘‘They're like your regular toques, they just happen to have a brim on the front - it's the in thing’.’
    • ‘In fact, he has a smile that lights up a room and, wearing a toque and slightly moth-eaten sweater, he could pass for one of the characters in his plays.’
    • ‘OAKVILLE - Like some warped Canadian beach party, 500 people gather on the pebbled beach at Oakville's Coronation Park on New Year's Day, dressed in swimming trunks and toques, bikinis and fleece blankets, ready to jump in the lake.’
    • ‘You could be thinking to yourself, ‘Will I look rad-wicked-awesome in the toque with or without the pom-pom?’’
    • ‘Its rival, the purist Gault Millau awards toques (literally, a close-fitting headgear), and several publications use ‘knife and fork’ symbols for the same purpose.’
    • ‘Sure, it may save some money on rent and whatnot, but when you and your friends go out to the bar and your mom shows up with a toque and mittens because it-s cold, the cool factor kind of drops a little.’
    • ‘Hats off - from berets to toques, from homburgs to pillboxes - to Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.’
    • ‘He wore a large, torn grey jacket, a black toque and huge, bulky rock star sunglasses.’
    • ‘Those who come are also asked to wear a hat - something more lavish than a baseball cap or toque.’
    • ‘I'm talking embroidered toques, hand-stitched underwear, mugs, key chains and video games.’
    • ‘He took his toque off with the veil attached, and he put both it and the cloak into his brown bag.’
    • ‘At the last minute she grabbed a toque and mitts since she saw frost on the ground outside.’
    • ‘In a pocket of the coat was a black toque, and in there, a pair of gloves.’
    • ‘Johnny doesn't wear toques, and it's not even that cold out anyway.’
    • ‘Riders had toques, leg warmers, scarves and winter gloves on to keep themselves warm.’
    • ‘He usually always has the hood up, or has a toque on.’
    • ‘Long ground-sweeping scarves and chunky knit toques will funk up and warm up any outfit, while newsboy and poor boy caps in tweed or cord complete the look for men and women.’
    • ‘He was wearing black pants, a knitted toque and an oversized black trench coat.’
    • ‘On the opposite side of the stage bassist Brad Merritt was wearing - you guessed it - a black t-shirt and jeans, but with the added twist of a toque that would make the Beachcombers proud.’
    • ‘She figures if we go through our dad's closets and dig out the ones buried underneath the piles of toques, mittens, and scarves, we could all be hip.’
    1. 1.1historical A small cap or bonnet worn by a man or woman.
    2. 1.2Canadian A close-fitting knitted hat, often with a tassel or pom-pom on the crown.
    3. 1.3 A tall white hat with a full pouched crown, worn by chefs.
      • ‘I've eaten at Bowler's table and she at mine (though I figure I got the better deal), and I can confirm that she could knock most celebrity chefs into their toques.’
      • ‘Its flamboyant chefs - toques in place - skewer haunches of game meat (the rhino, the giraffe, the zebra, the wildebeest, the hippo, the crocodile, the deer, the ostrich!) over slow fire in its show kitchen.’
      • ‘She also wore a pair of rainbow - striped gloves and a blue toque with Roxy written across the back in white letters.’
      • ‘Desroches' alfresco restaurant lets you wiggle your toes in bare sand, while a chef with a tall toque and suitably Gallic accent does delicious things with the catch of the day and fresh local vegetables.’
      • ‘All participants receive a chef's apron, toque, kitchen towel, Le Cordon Bleu cookbook, and attend private parties.’
      • ‘He was wearing a black toque and a black muscle shirt and white khaki's.’
      • ‘With much flourishing of fork and spatula our table chef deftly threw his cooking utensils in the air, deftly sliced the tails off shrimps and tossed shrimp scraps into his toque (the chef's hat).’
      • ‘Confident of his abilities and hungry to promote his ideas about classical and contemporary cuisine, Matthews quickly traded his sous chef's hat for a taller toque.’
      • ‘He took his chef's toque, and his skills, to Brunei where the Sheraton had another property and then a year later returned to the Sheraton Rotorua as the sous chef there.’
      • ‘Manfred has taken his chef's toque all over the world, rattling off around 10 countries where he has stood in front of the stove, but has now settled in here - so he should still be here next week!’
      • ‘I doffed my chef's toque and researched recipes for white carrots that paired the unusual root with other crops we are harvesting now, like chervil.’
      • ‘Mehta, who did a four-year course in hotel management in Bombay, earned his chef's toque at the Culinary Institute of America.’
      • ‘End Hunger Network benefits, and a few of the same chefs put on their toques for charity May 4 for the annual Chefs' Dinner, also to be held at the Houstonian.’
      • ‘He used a spatula to flip one egg into his pocket and another onto the top of his chef's toque.’


Early 16th century: from French, of unknown origin.