pet·​ti·​coat | \ ˈpe-tē-ˌkōt How to pronounce petticoat (audio) \

Definition of petticoat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a skirt worn by women, girls, or young children: such as
a : an outer skirt formerly worn by women and small children
b : a fancy skirt made to show below a draped-up overskirt
c : an underskirt usually a little shorter than outer clothing and often made with a ruffled, pleated, or lace edge
d archaic : the skirt of a woman's riding habit
2a : a garment characteristic or typical of women
b : woman
3 : something (such as a valance) resembling a petticoat



Definition of petticoat (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or exercised by women : female

Other Words from petticoat


petticoated \ ˈpe-​tē-​ˌkō-​təd How to pronounce petticoat (audio) \ adjective

Examples of petticoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cut into petticoat tails and enjoy with a cup of strong black tea. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 Add a petticoat underneath to help give the skirt volume. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 16 Aug. 2021 The result is Regencycore gowns, featuring petticoat waists and corsets, and suits printed with eye-catching patterns. Eliza Huber,, 21 May 2021 She's added a frothy petticoat underneath to make the skirt even more cupcake-esque, and the whole thing fits her curves perfectly. Ew Staff,, 6 May 2021 Pleated skirts, floaty organza, and a hot pink petticoat were all a part of his photo shoot wardrobe. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 13 Nov. 2020 The collection was Giambattista Valli at its finest, with petticoat-like bubble waists, voluminous skirts, and plenty of dresses of the mini variety, most of which include an eye-catching train and a taffeta bow to boot. Eliza Huber,, 7 July 2020 It's made from a smaller petticoat that came out of a prom dress. Andrea Reeves,, 30 Apr. 2020 Little wonder that steampunk fans buy top hats and petticoats, adorn themselves in brass and glass, and flock to steampunk conventions. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of petticoat


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petticoat


Middle English petycote short tunic, petticoat, from pety small + cote coat

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pet·​ti·​coat | \ ˈpe-tē-ˌkōt How to pronounce petticoat (audio) \

Kids Definition of petticoat

: a skirt worn under a dress or outer skirt


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