crin·​o·​line | \ ˈkri-nə-lən How to pronounce crinoline (audio) \

Definition of crinoline

1 : an open-weave fabric of horsehair or cotton that is usually stiffened and used especially for interlinings and millinery
2 : a full stiff skirt or underskirt made of crinoline also : hoopskirt

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crinoline or crinolined \ ˈkri-​nə-​lənd How to pronounce crinolined (audio) \ adjective

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For the intimate ceremony, the bride wore a stunning custom Armani Privé white crinoline lace bustier column gown that featured a full skirt that extended into a lace train. Colleen Kratofil,, "You Can Still Buy Katherine Schwarzenegger's $278 Wedding Rehearsal Dress (but It's Going Fast!)," 12 June 2019 The bride, 29, wore a custom Armani Privé white crinoline lace bustier column gown for her intimate ceremony that featured a a full skirt that extended into a lace train. Colleen Kratofil,, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Wore Mom Maria Shriver's Wedding Veil to Marry Chris Pratt," 13 June 2019 Dress reformers proposed comfortable and healthful alternatives to confining garments such as corsets and crinolines, the cage-like steel underskirts that characterized female fashion at the time. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 The crinoline has allowed John Galliano, another keen student of history, to experiment with extreme volume. Vogue, "The Hoop Skirt Comes Full Circle at Loverboy," 11 June 2018 Many of these clothes, including Zac Posen’s sparkling crimson crinoline gown, originally worn by Naomi Campbell in his Fall 2015 collection, and Sarah Burton’s caged beehive gown from Spring 2013, take up a lot of room! Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Met Goes Meta: How Hamish Bowles Created the Costume Institute Exhibition in Ocean’s 8," 7 June 2018 Sassy Chapeau, the annual fundraising gala for the Northeast Connecticut Women and Girls Fund, was about more than feather fascinators, crinoline explosions, and horse hair braid saucers. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Style Meets Substance At Sassy Chapeau Fundraiser," 22 May 2018 Director Victoria Bussert cannily signals this sea change by having the women remove their crinoline tutu underskirts before disappearing behind lit panels that double as dressing screens. Andrea Simakis,, "'The Royale,' inspired by boxer Jack Johnson, brings fight for freedom to stage (preview)," 13 May 2018 In a giant, face-framing flower and deconstructed Betty Boop sweater; with a little lilac leopard-print riding hood and sequined slip dresses carried along on the cruise ship of a raspberry crinoline. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Sweatpants Forever!," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crinoline

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crinoline

French, from Italian crinolino, from crino horsehair (from Latin crinis hair) + lino flax, linen, from Latin linum — more at crest

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