Definition of torc in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɔːk
(also torque)


A neck ornament consisting of a band of twisted metal, worn especially by the ancient Gauls and Britons.
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  • Around the chieftain's neck lay a gold torc, and on his right wrist was a gold bracelet.
  • They are portrayed by themselves as having wavy swept-back hair, heavy moustaches on the men, and wearing a metal torc or neck-ring.
  • They appear to have been a wealthy and powerful tribe in the 1st and 2nd cents. BC, for from their territory come the finest hoards of gold torcs found in Iron Age Britain.


mid 19th century: from French torque, from Latin torques (see torch).

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