tuque [< Cdn F; dial.var. of F toque]
1 n. a long knitted bonnet of wool, resembling a stocking tied at the foot end, often tasselled and made in more than one color, associated with French Canada through the voyageurs, woodsmen, etc. [See picture]
See also: toque (def. 1)
- 1882  The locket and chain which were presented to Mr. A. Holloway were made by Mr. G. Seifert, the locket having upon it a pair of crossed snow-shoes and tuque with a monogram of the club beautifully raised on the one side.
- 1914  Alexis had for a head covering a tuque, or thick woollen cap, commonly used in the woods in winter.
- 1938  The Fort is filled with gay young French-Canadians in red tuques, coloured sashes, beaded leggings, and they all talk Cree.
- 1964  Nicholson's red tuque and beard are basis for "Tuque Rouge" brand syrup he manufactures.
2 n. a similar but shorter woollen cap usually having a round tassel on the top. [See picture]
See also: toque (def. 2)
- 1912  Tuque (pronounced tuke), a woollen cap worn by a child, usually running to a peak, which ends with a tassel, said peak and tassel hanging down by the side of the head when the tuque is in use.
- 1958  On the second floor, he walked briskly through the boys' shirts, boys' windbreakers, boys' suits, pants, tuques, socks.
- 1961  Finished at last, Tommy pulled on a Montreal Canadiens' tuque, grabbed his stick and skates and ran outside to play hockey.