Definitions for crinolineˈkrɪn l ɪn
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crin•o•lineˈkrɪn l ɪn(n.)
a stiff, coarse fabric, often of cotton, used as interlining or for support in garments, hats, etc.
a petticoat of crinoline or other stiff material worn to bell out an overskirt.
a hoop skirt.
Origin of crinoline:
1820–30; < F < It crinolino=crino horsehair (蠐 L crīnis hair) +lino flax < L līnum; cf. linen
a skirt stiffened with hoops
a full stiff petticoat made of crinoline fabric
a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
A stiff fabric made from cotton and horsehair
A stiff petticoat made from this fabric
A skirt stiffened with hoops
a kind of stiff cloth, used chiefly by women, for underskirts, to expand the gown worn over it; -- so called because originally made of hair
a lady's skirt made of any stiff material; latterly, a hoop skirt
Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a weft of horse-hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread. The fabric first appeared around 1830, but by 1850, the word had come to mean a stiffened petticoat or rigid skirt-shaped structure of steel designed to support the skirts of a woman's dress into the required shape. In form and function it is very similar to the earlier farthingale.
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