un·​der·​skirt | \ ˈən-dər-ˌskərt How to pronounce underskirt (audio) \

Definition of underskirt

: a skirt worn under an outer skirt especially : petticoat

Examples of underskirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only blood found on Lizzie Borden was a tiny speck on an underskirt. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Menstruation or murder: Did a suspect hide blood evidence in plain sight?," 26 Mar. 2020 One is a slim, white woman, in antebellum underskirt and corset. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 Dress reformers proposed comfortable and healthful alternatives to confining garments such as corsets and crinolines, the cage-like steel underskirts that characterized female fashion at the time. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 It was created layer by layer during multiple fittings, constructed from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything That Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Had in Common with Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018 These extend towards the back of the dress, where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney reception dress won't be part of royal wedding exhibit, report says," 30 Aug. 2018 Her iconic choice included a bateau neckline and a triple silk organza underskirt. Southern Living, "The Estimated Cost Of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 14 June 2018 In 1964, Bueno surprised the public at Wimbledon with a white Tinling dress that had a pink underskirt and matching pink underwear. Stan Lehman And Mauricio Savarese, chicagotribune.com, "Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno, winner of 19 Grand Slam titles, dies after cancer battle," 9 June 2018 The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Wearing a Givenchy Dress at the Royal Wedding and It's Absolutely Stunning," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of underskirt

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Underskirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underskirt. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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