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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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 At dinner women in crinolines and powdered wigs play Baroque string instruments, a harpsichord, and a harp under the gleaming chinoiserie. Alex Halberstadt, Town & Country, "The Surreal Thrill of Moscow Dining," 9 Oct. 2015 The simple part was the dress, which was ordered straight from Amazon: a 1950s style black-and-white striped dress by Tempt Me with additional crinoline for volume. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "This Sephora Bag Costume Is the Most Glam Halloween Look for Beauty Lovers," 31 Oct. 2017 The simple part was the dress, which was ordered straight from Amazon: a 1950s style black-and-white striped dress by Tempt Me with additional crinoline for volume. Allure, "This Sephora Bag Costume Is Best Halloween Look for Beauty Lovers," 30 Oct. 2017

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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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