hem·​line | \ ˈhem-ˌlīn How to pronounce hemline (audio) \

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 Available in 13 colors and patterns, the cozy velour set includes a hoodie and pants with pockets and a tapered ankle hemline. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "20 matching sweatsuits you’ll actually want to be seen in," 26 Oct. 2020 Along with a floor-grazing silhouette, the trendy piece boasts a ruffled hemline, a shirred bodice that shows off your figure, and an adjustable tie at the waist that helps create a custom fit. Rebecca Carhart, PEOPLE.com, "This Lightweight Maxi Dress Has Rave Reviews on Amazon — and It’s Less Than $36," 31 July 2020 Her dress, called the Toscana dress, comes in white and light pink, has a high-low hemline, and boasts pockets (score). Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle’s Summer-Perfect Linen Dress Is Still Available — & Under $80," 13 July 2020 The linen dress is undeniably stylish with its asymmetric hemline, but it’s also practical thanks to its lightweight, breathable material. Stephanie Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Fans Are Convinced Meghan Markle Is Wearing This Breezy $76 Dress," 13 July 2020 Even the supportive waistband stayed put the entire time, giving me the freedom to let my mind wander instead of wondering how to adjust a rising hemline without messing with my pace. Christie Calucchia, Health.com, "I’ll Be Wearing the Hudson Shorts From Outdoor Voices All Summer," 9 June 2020 The extra room in the shoulder area enhance comfort, while the curved hemline and chest pocket keep things professional. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "21 perfect Father's Day gifts you can get on sale right now," 8 June 2020 When curating your fall wardrobe, shorts and high hemlines probably aren't at the top of your list. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Editor-Approved Ways to Style Tights This Fall," 5 Nov. 2019 And out splashed a woman in an austere black velvet cassock, hemline dragging in the flood. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "It’s the End of the World as We Know It," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hemline

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Hemline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemline. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hemline

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

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