pickadil

noun

pick·​a·​dil
ˈpikəˌdil
variants or pickadilly
¦⸗⸗¦dilē
plural pickadils or pickadillies
1
: a decorative trimming of cutwork that is scalloped, tabbed, or pointed and used as an edging on doublets, collars, and other garments of the late 16th and early 17th centuries
2
: a ruff or standing collar trimmed with cutwork
3
: a stiff support for a ruff or standing collar

Word History

Etymology

French picadille, probably from Spanish picado pierced, cut (from past participle of picar to prick, pierce) + French -ille, diminutive suffix

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“Pickadil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickadil. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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