- 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 crīnis hair ; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.) lino flax ( from Latin līnum ; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots.)
- crin′o·line crin′o·lined