- 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 of crinolineFrench ; from Italian crinolino ; from crino, horsehair (; from Classical Latin crinis: see crinite) + lino, linen ; from Classical Latin linum: see line
- A coarse stiff fabric, originally of cotton and horsehair, used especially to line and stiffen hats and garments.
- A petticoat made of this fabric.
- A hoop skirt.
Origin of crinolineFrench, from Italian crinolino : crino, horsehair (from Latin cr&imacron;nis, hair; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots) + lino, flax (from Latin l&imacron;num; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots).
- crin′o·line, crin′o·lined