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petticoat

noun pet·ti·coat \ ˈpe-tē-ˌkōt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of petticoat

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
2 a :a garment characteristic or typical of women
b :woman
3 :something (such as a valance) resembling a petticoat

petticoated

play \ˈpe-tē-ˌkō-təd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of petticoat

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


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petticoat

adjective

Definition of petticoat

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

First Known Use of petticoat

1620


PETTICOAT Defined for English Language Learners

petticoat

noun

Definition of petticoat for English Language Learners

  • : a skirt that a woman or girl wears under a dress or outer skirt


PETTICOAT Defined for Kids

petticoat

noun pet·ti·coat \ ˈpe-tē-ˌkōt \

Definition of petticoat for Students

:a skirt worn under a dress or outer skirt


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