crinoline

noun
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

Other Words from crinoline

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

Examples of crinoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schaar is luminous and mischievous as Rosalind, who grows to relish the freedom of discarding her 1950s crinoline dress and high heels for manly apparel and a pencil moustache. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Take a gown from the 1860s, for which O’Neil had to sew an elliptical cage crinoline, a mid-19th century undergarment used to give volume to skirts, that requires hours of hand sewing. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 6 Mar. 2022 For his maiden Vogue cover story, Styles wore a variety of traditionally female garments, including skirts and dresses with tux jackets and a Harris Reed Victoriana crinoline. Raven Smith, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2021 The dress was modeled after look 54 from his fall 2019 runway show, with lace bishop sleeves and Kane’s signature cupcake skirt (which dramatically puffs out thanks to layers of organza and crinoline). Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 Carson amplified the skirt silhouette with a structured, flouncy crinoline underneath and accessorized with pink Michael Kors stilettos. Fawnia Soo Hoo, refinery29.com, 12 Feb. 2021 During the five-week course, students can expect to learn about courtly fashions, the craze for crinoline and how members of the royal family influence fashion today. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Basbanes goes on at length about the flammable properties of crinoline dresses and a murder involving a Harvard professor that engaged Longfellow's attention but had nothing to do with him. Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020 During the five-week course, students can expect to learn about courtly fashions, the craze for crinoline and how members of the royal family influence fashion today. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Crinoline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crinoline. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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