hem·line | \ˈhem-ˌlīn \

Definition of hemline 

: the line formed by the lower edge of a dress, skirt, or coat

Examples of hemline in a Sentence

The hemline falls just above the knee. I shortened the hemline on the dress.

Recent Examples on the Web

There were no bell sleeves or bell bottoms here, though: Instead, the three-quarter-length sleeves and cropped hemline on her trousers gave the retro mood a fresh upgrade. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Cate Blanchett Does Disco Glam for Day," 25 May 2018 Her veil is infinitely longer than her hemline, perhaps as a nod to Princess Diana's epic train at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Wearing a Givenchy Dress at the Royal Wedding and It's Absolutely Stunning," 19 May 2018 The outfit features a midi hemline, three flat, round buttons and a folded, off-the-shoulder neckline. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "The Great Hat Debate: Was Meghan Markle's Trooping the Colour Topper a Royal Re-Wear?," 11 June 2018 The sleek, boatneck number featured long sleeves, a midi hemline, and a large ruffle detail hanging from the right side of the waist. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Roland Mouret Dress and Givenchy Suit in Ireland with Prince Harry," 11 July 2018 Celebs spared no expense to pull off the look: J.Lo's went beyond her waist, Rihanna's touched her backside, Beyoncé's Grammy 'do was as long as some hemlines, and Nicki Minaj's weave went down to her ankles. refinery29.com, "The Latest Hollywood Hair Trend Takes 3 Seconds To Master," 6 July 2018 For the reception, Christy wore a dress by Odylyne with long sleeves, puff shoulders, and a thigh-high hemline at the front. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 While she's made her glowing, bare legs something of a mainstay as of late, Berry's latest coup proves that an abbreviated hemline and a Hollywood-size dose of confidence is a winning formula for putting your best foot forward. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "At 51, Halle Berry—and Her Scene-Stealing Legs—Have Never Looked Better," 30 Apr. 2018 The shorts are a flattering (?) high-waisted cut, with a hidden zipper and tab closure around the raw hemline up top and the original waistband, belt loops, and pockets down below. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "CIE Denim Created Upside-Down Shorts," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of hemline

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hemline

: the bottom edge of a dress, skirt, or coat

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