hem·​line ˈhem-ˌlīn How to pronounce hemline (audio)
: 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 Her shredded jeans featured an extra-long hemline that grazed the New York City pavement—like the cooler version of a dress train. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 21 July 2024 The dress, made by couturier Fiona Clare, featured a classic A-line skirt, long, slightly exaggerated sleeves, and embroidery on the hemline and cuffs. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 17 July 2024 Princess Sofía fashioned a long-sleeve red dress with an asymmetric hemline. Julia Teti, WWD, 17 July 2024 Interesting Skirts Go beyond a basic slip or mini skirt (though there’s nothing wrong with either if that’s your preference) and build your outfit around a skirt with more dynamic silhouettes — think: asymmetrical hemlines, tiered styles, bubble skirts, and more. Patricia Karounos, refinery29.com, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for hemline 

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemline was in 1923

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“Hemline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemline. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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hem·​line ˈhem-ˌlīn How to pronounce hemline (audio)
: the line formed by the hem of a dress, skirt, or coat
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