pin·​a·​fore | \ ˈpi-nə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce pinafore (audio) \

Definition of pinafore

: a sleeveless usually low-necked garment fastened in the back and worn as an apron or dress

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pinafored \ ˈpi-​nə-​ˌfȯrd How to pronounce pinafored (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pinafore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And remarked at how uninspiring the art was, including a print of a misshapen girl in a pinafore holding a disgruntled cat. Longreads, "A Beautiful, Rugged Place: Erosion of the Body," 7 June 2018 He was born the week a heat wave broke at the height of summer in 1919, a third blue-eyed Halvey baby, dressed in white pinafores and smiling with full cheeks. Kiley Bense, Longreads, "Whose Boots on the Ground," 7 Nov. 2019 Lily James was a precocious pixie in a pinafore number by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry. Vogue, "Last Week, Stars Found Fresh Options For Day and Night," 24 June 2019 Looking a little nervous, a shy Charlotte walked on her tip toes in her new navy school pinafore, red and navy school cardigan and new school shoes from Amaia, wearing her hair neatly tied back in a low ponytail. Moniquejessen,, "Kate Middleton Debuts Bouncy (and Lighter!) Hair at Princess Charlotte's School Drop-Off," 6 Sep. 2019 The gingham pinafore dress, which has been listed as an auction piece by Profiles in History, is estimated between $350,000 to $500,000. Alexia Fernandez,, "Dorothy Gale's Iconic Wizard of Oz Dress Is Up for Auction 80 Years After the Film's Release," 27 Aug. 2019 But, thankfully, in a sea of t-shirts with sparkling rainbows and fussy pinafores, there are a few select, beautiful brands to discover. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leah + Rae Is the Baby Brand We Want for Ourselves," 19 Sep. 2018 Girls in pinafores and straw hats are preparing for an outing to Hanging Rock, where giant obelisks of red stone jut out of the earth and create a labyrinth of craggy interstices—a geological marvel and a sacred site for Aboriginal Australians. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 However, Little Alice London makes other smocked dresses in a similar bluebell print including a Peter Pan Collar dress and a smocked pinafore. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Adorable Blue Dress Is Already Sold Out," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pinafore

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinafore

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The first known use of pinafore was in 1782

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17 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pinafore.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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pin·​a·​fore | \ ˈpi-nə-ˌfōr How to pronounce pinafore (audio) \

Kids Definition of pinafore

: a sleeveless garment with a low neck worn as an apron or a dress

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