"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Tuesday, 24 February 2009


‘The wings on her toque quivered agitatedly as she cried "Anywhere! Anywhere to be quiet, to be safe!"’ - Mollie Panter-Downes

In this instance a toque was a pillbox or small round women’s hat.

Thie was Lillie Langtry’s famous toque.

The term is also used for a chef’s tall white hat with a pouched crown.

It sounds to me like a good word for a crossword puzzle.


  1. Here's the Canadian definition for you :D


  2. Thanks Marc, I'm rapidly getting the impression that if you can fit it on your head you can call it a toque / tuque!