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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Other Words from crinoline

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

Examples of crinoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, when Fanny dies horribly after her clothes accidentally catch fire, we are told at length about the dangers of crinoline in the age of candles. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Beloved, patriotic, sentimental: A look at the life and poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow," 3 June 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, "Six Online Courses About Europe To Take Before You Can Safely Travel There Again," 28 Apr. 2020 Louis Vuitton's wall of history Elizabethan ruffs glistened in the lights alongside medieval two-point hats, pantaloons, exaggerated wigs and crinolines Tuesday at Louis Vuitton's fall collection in Paris. Thomas Adamson, Fortune, "Paris Fashion Week showcases the latest in clothing—and face masks," 3 Mar. 2020 The ensemble featured a black crinoline frill appliqué and was fully embellished with crystals and sequins. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off a Pair of Looks at the 2020 Oscars After-Party," 10 Feb. 2020 Only here, in many cases, they were taken to extremes, the coats and capes pumped up with air, the dresses made more expressive with layers of crinolines. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season," 8 Mar. 2019 Pointedly, the shoulder width was achieved through whalebones that could be removed; ditto the bell skirts and their crinolines. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Blood, Money, Oil. And Clothes.," 30 Sep. 2019 Giant bowling shoes redesigned as dolphins led on to truncated shells of crinolines. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Valentino channels powerful simplicity in Paris show," 29 Sep. 2019 Long velvet dresses have giant removable crinolines. Washington Post, "Balenciaga put engineers, architects and moms on its runway — to make a statement about power in the workplace," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of crinoline was in 1829

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24 Jun 2020

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“Crinoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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