Crinoline definition

krĭnə-lĭn
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A coarse stiff fabric, originally of cotton and horsehair, used especially to line and stiffen hats and garments.
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A petticoat made of this fabric.
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A hoop skirt.
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A coarse, stiff, heavily sized cloth used as a lining for stiffening garments: orig. made of horsehair and linen.
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A petticoat of this cloth, worn under a skirt to make it puff out.
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A stiff fabric made from cotton and horsehair.
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A stiff petticoat made from this fabric.
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A skirt stiffened with hoops.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
crinoline
Plural:
crinolines

Origin of crinoline

  • French from Italian crinolino crino horsehair (from Latin crīnis hair sker-2 in Indo-European roots) lino flax (from Latin līnum lī̆no- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary