noun far·thin·gale \ˈfär-thən-ˌgāl, -thiŋ-\

Definition of farthingale

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

Origin and Etymology of farthingale

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

First Known Use: 1552

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