(historical, Roman antiquity) A white robe with a purple border, worn by a Romanboy 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.
Origin of praetexta
Latin (sc. toga), from praetextus, past participle of praetexere to weave before, to fringe, border; prae before + texere to weave.
Praetexta Sentence Examples
The plain white toga (toga Pura) was the ordinary dress of the citizen, but the toga praetexta, which had a border of purple, was worn by boys till the age of sixteen, when they assumed the plain toga virilis, and also by curule magistrates and some priests.
The trabea, which in historical times was worn by the consuls when opening the temple of Janus, by the equites at their yearly inspection and on some other occasions, and by the Salii at their ritual dances, and had (according to tradition) formed the original costume of the augurs and flamens (who afterwards adopted the toga praetexta), was apparently a toga smaller in size than the ordinary civil dress, decorated with scarlet stripes (trabes).
Although not sacrosanct, they had the right of sitting in a curule chair and wore the distinctive toga praetexta.