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