Meaning of praetexta

prae•tex•ta

Pronunciation: (prē-tek'stu), [key]
— pl. -tex•tae
  1. (in ancient Rome) a white toga with a broad purple border, worn by priests and magistrates as an official costume, and by certain other Romans as ceremonial dress.
  2. a similar garment worn by a boy until he assumed the toga virilis, or by a girl until she married.
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