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See also: prætexta


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Latin praetexta (toga), from praetextus, past participle of praetexere to weave before, to fringe, border; prae (before) + texere (weave).


praetexta (plural praetextas or praetextae)

  1. (historical, Roman antiquity) A white robe with a purple border, worn by a Roman boy before he was entitled to wear the toga virilis, or until about the completion of his fourteenth year, and by girls until their marriage. It was also worn by magistrates and priests.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for praetexta in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




  1. nominative feminine singular of praetextus
  2. nominative neuter plural of praetextus
  3. accusative neuter plural of praetextus
  4. vocative feminine singular of praetextus
  5. vocative neuter plural of praetextus


  1. ablative feminine singular of praetextus


  • praetexta in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • praetexta in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “praetexta”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • praetexta in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • praetexta in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praetexta in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin