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ˈpɛt iˌkoʊtpet·ti·coat

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. petticoat, half-slip, underskirtnoun

    undergarment worn under a skirt


  1. petticoatnoun

    A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.

  2. petticoatnoun

    A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.

  3. petticoatnoun

    A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.

  4. petticoatnoun

    A light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, and hanging either from the shoulders or (now especially) from the waist; a kind of slip, worn to make the skirt fuller, or for extra warmth.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Petticoatnoun

    The lower part of a woman’s dress.

    Etymology: petit and coat.

    What trade art thou, Fuble? —— a woman’s taylor, sir. ——
    Wilt thou make as many holes in an enemy’s battle, as thou hast done in a woman’s petticoat? William Shakespeare.

    Her feet beneath her petticoat,
    Like little mice, stole in and out,
    As if they fear’d the light. John Suckling.

    It is a great compliment to the sex, that the virtues are generally shewn in petticoats. Addison.

    To fifty chosen sylphs, of special note,
    We trust th’ important charge, the petticoat;
    Oft have we known that sevenfold fence to fail,
    Though stiff with hoops, and arm’d with ribs of whale. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Petticoatnoun

    a loose under-garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist

  2. Etymology: [Petty + coat.]


  1. Petticoat

    A petticoat or underskirt is an article of clothing for women; specifically an undergarment to be worn under a skirt or a dress. The petticoat is a separate garment hanging from the waist. In historical contexts, petticoat refers to any separate skirt worn with a gown, bedgown, bodice or jacket; these petticoats are not strictly speaking underwear as they were made to be seen. In both historical and modern contexts, petticoat refers to skirt-like undergarments worn for warmth or to give the skirt or dress the desired fashionable shape. In this context a petticoat may be called a waist slip or underskirt or half slip, with petticoat restricted to extremely full garments. Petticoat can also refer to a full-length slip in the UK, although this usage is somewhat old-fashioned. Petticoat is the standard name in English for any underskirt worn as part of non-Western clothing, most significantly, the lehenga with the sari.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Petticoat

    pet′i-kōt, n. a loose under-skirt worn by females and little boys: (coll.) a woman: a fisherman's loose canvas or oilcloth skirt: a bell-mouthed piece over the exhaust nozzles in the smoke-box of a locomotive, strengthening and equalising the draught through the boiler-tubes.—adj. feminine: female, as 'petticoat influence.'—n. Pett′icoat-affair′, an affair in which a woman is concerned.—n.pl. Pett′icoat-breech′es, a loose short breeches worn by men in the 17th century.—adj. Pett′icoated.—Petticoat government, government by women, either at home or in the state. [Petty + coat.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Petticoat

    A smaller or shorter coat, which was the ancient description of a woman’s outer garment; derived from the Norman cotte.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petticoat in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petticoat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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