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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Origin and Etymology of 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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