- 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 virēre 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”).