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

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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 Kate Bosworth accomplished just this while on holiday with a scarlet pinafore romper—sounds complicated, looks comfortable. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of September 4, 2017," 31 Aug. 2017 No doubt in town for the Venice Film Festival, Bosworth looked particularly lovely in a pinafore dress that landed somewhere between work and play clothes. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Kate Bosworth Just Might Be Italy’s Best Dressed Tourist," 30 Aug. 2017 The Marshall Field & Company store in Chicago placed a large order for Eiseman's pinafores in 1945. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Florence Eiseman designs became a signature look in children's clothing," 21 July 2017 The barely year-old daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West is already eschewing frilly rompers and monogrammed pinafores for punk-rock looks worthy of his runway. Joyann King, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Goes Punk in Stripes, Studs & Doc Martens," 3 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of pinafore

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinafore

pin entry 2 + afore

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The first known use of pinafore was in 1782

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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