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 Its chino fabric is accented with trench coat-like details and its silhouette is mostly straight, with a slight taper at the hemline for an intentionally slouchy look. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 His casual, everyday pieces incorporated elevated details—such as tees with fringed hemlines, or scuba-style dresses in bright orange and pink. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 To go with her editorial take on country club fashion, Shayk wore a pair of heeled flip-flops with mesh that extends from just above her toes to just below the hemline of her yellow skirt. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 21 Aug. 2023 The musical icon stepped on stage at the Rogers Centre in Toronto wearing the short sheer dress with a dipping hemline. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 9 July 2023 Here’s a denim skirt with an unusual twist, courtesy of an asymmetric hemline. Aemilia Madden, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Aug. 2023 Made of an ultra-soft, buttery denim material, this one is also a great pick for anyone who gravitates towards a more modest hemline and prefers clean, classic styling. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2023 Swift looked wedding-appropriate in a light blue lace dress by Erdem, with a boned bodice and asymmetrical flouncy hemline. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2023 Much to our delight, shorts with long hemlines were one of them. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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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 21 Sep. 2023.

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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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