hoop·​skirt ˈhüp-ˈskərt How to pronounce hoopskirt (audio)
 also  ˈhu̇p-
: a skirt stiffened with or as if with hoops

Examples of hoopskirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The belles in their hoopskirts took the arms of boys from Baylor Military Academy, who wore Confederate uniforms. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Aug. 2022 The interior of its hoopskirt canopy had acted as the sisters’ sanctum sanctorum. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 Swinton moves through a photo studio in the gown’s outsize hoopskirt as Alberto Iglesias’s moody score plays in the background. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 28 Aug. 2020 Hoopskirts like armor, frilly materials made knife-sharp, curlers or a heeled pump worn as a protuberant helmet: this is female attire that makes a statement, at once protective and aggressive. The New Yorker, 12 May 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoopskirt was in 1857

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“Hoopskirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoopskirt. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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hoop·​skirt -ˈskərt How to pronounce hoopskirt (audio)
: a skirt stiffened with or as if with hoops
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