plural -s
: bustle
sometimes : the dress worn over this device

Word History


French, manner in which a thing is fashioned, rounded form, bustle, from Old French torneüre act of turning, rounded form, from Medieval Latin tornatura, from Latin tornatus (past participle of tornare to turn) + -ura -ure

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“Tournure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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