crinoline[krin′ə lin′, -lēn′]
crinoline definition by Webster's New World
- a coarse, stiff, heavily sized cloth used as a lining for stiffening garments: orig. made of horsehair and linen
- a petticoat of this cloth, worn under a skirt to make it puff out
- hoop skirt
Origin: French ; from Italian crinolino ; from crino, horsehair (; from Classical Latin crinis: see crinite) plush lino, linen ; from Classical Latin linum: see line
crinoline definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A coarse stiff fabric of cotton or horsehair used especially to line and stiffen hats and garments.
- A petticoat made of this fabric.
- A hoop skirt.
Origin: French, from Italian crinolino : crino, horsehair (from Latin crīnis, hair; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots) + lino, flax (from Latin līnum; see lĭ̄no- in Indo-European roots).
- crinˈo·line, crinˈo·lined adjective