crin·​o·​line ˈkri-nə-lən How to pronounce crinoline (audio)
: an open-weave fabric of horsehair or cotton that is usually stiffened and used especially for interlinings and millinery
: a full stiff skirt or underskirt made of crinoline
also : hoopskirt
crinoline adjective
or crinolined

Examples of crinoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The top of the sheath featured a sculptural black crinoline appliqué. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Tattoos disappeared under rose pink frills, corsets were tightened, crinolines were adjusted and propped, pearls shone on their necks and ears. Brandon Choe, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The skirt was finished with a bubble hem and filled with over 50 layers of ruffles and a crinoline to have the maximum amount of volume with the minimal amount of weight. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Sep. 2023 Lightness at Carolina Herrera, in a straight sequined skirt sliced up the back and paired with a black shirt, and in a lemon yellow skirt constructed from four layers of tulle but no crinolines. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Chaperones, and sometimes mothers and aunts, toured with the girls, but advice on how to survive on the road came from older female performers like Etta James and Laverne Baker, who toured with the nascent Shirelles and taught them how to handle money and keep their crinolines in shape. Sibbie O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 Fortunately, Hartnell remembered that white had once been the color of royal mourning and created a collection of white frothy frocks which reminded Parisians of the crinoline dresses worn by the Second Empire society beauties portrayed so dreamily in Winterhalter’s paintings. James Collard, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2022 The crinoline and boning typical of the brand’s founder’s creations were yanked out of the silhouettes, though, and the fabric was rumpled, underscoring Catherine’s working-woman story. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Mar. 2023 The Last of England (1987) where Tilda Swinton performed an emotionally extravagant scene of cultural rebellion: ripping silk roses from a crinoline wedding dress, a large pair of couture scissors at her own throat. Armond White, National Review, 10 Nov. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crinoline was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Crinoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


crin·​o·​line ˈkrin-ᵊl-ən How to pronounce crinoline (audio)
: a cloth used for stiffening and lining
: a full stiff skirt
especially : one lined with crinoline
crinoline adjective

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