noun crin·o·line \ˈkri-nə-lən\

Definition of crinoline

  1. 1 :  an open-weave fabric of horsehair or cotton that is usually stiffened and used especially for interlinings and millinery

  2. 2 :  a full stiff skirt or underskirt made of crinoline; also :  hoopskirt




play \-lənd\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of crinoline

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

First Known Use: 1829

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