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

Other Words from pinafore

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

Examples of pinafore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the gingham pinafore dresses worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz will go up for sale in an upcoming auction. Hattie Lindert,, 24 Apr. 2022 The uniforms for female employees included pinafore dresses and head wraps that evoked the era of slavery. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Still, the actress kept her baby bump mostly hidden under a leather pinafore dress, white crop top, and short jacket. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Mar. 2022 Her green crepe coat by Bruce Oldfield was worn over a green pinafore dress by Fiona Clare. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 25 Mar. 2022 Peter Pan collars were a staple of Deschanel’s, adding a cute little accent to sweaters and pinafore dresses. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Alex Mill teamed up with chef Claire Saffitz on a collection of coveralls, pinafore aprons, and sweet plaid kitchen towels. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 21 Sep. 2021 When a tornado transports Dorothy from sepia-toned Kansas to the magical land of Oz, the heroine’s blue pinafore pops against the film’s Technicolor hues: a yellow brick road, the Emerald City and her beloved ruby slippers, to name a few. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2021 Several came in crisp cotton, like Dior’s eyelet pinafore, ideal for outdoor ceremonies in warmer climates, while others were modeled on boudoir-ish slipdresses, like Kim Jones’s liquid silk Fendi number and Gabriela Hearst’s pleated Chloé gown. Emily Farra, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pinafore

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Pinafore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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