- a hoop, openwork frame, or circular pad worn under the skirt, about the hips, by women in the 16th and 17th cent.
- the skirt or petticoat worn over this
Origin of farthingaleOld French verdugalle, farthingale ; from Spanish verdugado, provided with hoops, farthingale ; from verdugo, young shoot of a tree, rod, hoop ; from verde ; from Classical Latin viridis, green
Origin of farthingaleAlteration of obsolete verdynggale, from obsolete French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo, stick, shoot of a tree, from verde, green, from Latin viridis, from vir&emacron;re, to be green.
portrait of Queen Margaret of Austria (1584–1611) by Juan Pantajo de la Cruz (1553–1608)
From Middle French verdugale, from Spanish verdugado, from verdugo (“rod”).