plim·​soll | \ ˈplim(p)-səl How to pronounce plimsoll (audio) , ˈplim-ˌsȯl How to pronounce plimsoll (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Dancers tap their plimsoll shoes and slide across the floor in wingtips, busting out retro moves like the toss-across and the swingout. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Unlikely New Dance Scene Sweeping Istanbul," 4 Dec. 2019 Papery fabrics and knot fastenings harked back to ER gowns, with white plimsolls throughout confirming the on-the-ward aesthetic. Alice Tate, Marie Claire, "MC Does London Fashion Week, Day 4," 20 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of plimsoll

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plimsoll

probably from the supposed resemblance of the upper edge of the shoe's mudguard to the Plimsoll mark on a ship

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The first known use of plimsoll was in 1885

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“Plimsoll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plimsoll

British : a light sports shoe that is made of strong cloth and has a rubber bottom

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