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.

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While knee-length skirts look a smidgen too modest with flats, above-the-knee hemlines are charmingly cheeky. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "Why Smart, Chic Women Are Abandoning High Heels (Forever)," 8 Nov. 2018 RiRi stepped out at the event in a strapless Calvin Klein by Appointment gown with major nineties vibes—and a boatload of ruffles cascading along the dress's hemlines and thigh-high slit. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Rihanna Looks Like an Actual Barbie in This Ruffled Hot Pink Gown," 15 Sep. 2018 Her silver dress was a vintage choice from the Spring/Summer 1999 Versace collection, and made a statement thanks to the delicate halter neck, dramatic backless shape and dipped hemline. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively's Silver Chainmail Dress and Huge Curls are Your Ultimate Holiday Party Inspiration," 3 Dec. 2018 Meghan and Kate's cousin-in-law, Princess Beatrice, has also opted for a more daring hemline. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Isn't the Only Royal Who's Worn a Leg Slit," 23 Oct. 2018 The dress featured a slight dropped waist, and an asymmetrical hemline that flowed away from her body. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Only Kristen Stewart Could Pull Off a Sweater Dress on the Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 Savannah also got the pastel memo and wore a pale blue and gold embellished dress with a bold feather fringe hemline. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Wait Until You See What Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie from 'Today' Wore to the Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 The fit-and-flare mini boasted a structured corset top and asymmetrical hemline that fell at mid-thigh. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's VMAs 2018 Red Carpet Was Their First Ever," 20 Aug. 2018 But hemlines slowly crept up, necklines slipped down and sleeves retracted over the shoulder. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A scandalous, two-piece history of the bikini," 6 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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