farthingale

noun
far·​thin·​gale | \ˈfär-t͟hən-ˌgāl, -t͟hiŋ-\

Definition of farthingale 

: a support (as of hoops) worn especially in the 16th century beneath a skirt to expand it at the hipline

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Freed from the hassle of manipulating doublets and farthingales, the performers can move naturally and easily. James Jorden, New York Times, "Finally, a Well-Staged ‘Don Giovanni’ in New York," 11 Aug. 2017 The bright and complex costumes, with some characters in apparel like Elizabethan farthingales, are equally picturesque. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Dance This Fall: Indian Mythology and Ballets by Women," 15 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of farthingale

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for farthingale

modification of Middle French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo young shoot of a tree, from verde green, from Latin viridis — more at verdant

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