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 It's made from 100 percent cotton with buttons down the front and on the cuffs, a fold-over collar, and a rounded hemline. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The wrap sweater has a deep V-neckline, puff sleeves, elastic cuffs, a fabric belt, and an asymmetrical hemline. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 16 Dec. 2021 The low-slung waistline and über short hemline was the perfect way for the vintage enthusiast to tap into the mini-skirt trend that emerged for spring/summer 2022. Alice Cary, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2021 Both pieces are made from a blend of bamboo and spandex with satin trim along the neckline of the top and the hemline of the shorts. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2021 Sandy Liang showed a light pink neoprene version with a lopsided hemline, which the recent Target collaborator delightfully paired with sneakers. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 11 Nov. 2021 The cardigan has a deep V neckline, ribbing around the cuffs and hemline, and six functional buttons down the front. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 30 Oct. 2021 While Meghan wore some short dresses as a senior royal, her hemline was extra short with this Valentino mini dress at Global Citizen Live: New York on September 25, 2021. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 It's made from cozy fleece with a zipper up the front, zippered side pockets, and fabric bands around the cuffs and the hemline. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 21 Sep. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hemline

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


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