crinoline

noun crin·o·line \ ˈkri-nə-lən \

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

crinoline

or crinolined play \ˈkri-nə-lənd\ adjective

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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


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