Mother-hubbard meaning

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A woman's loose, unbelted dress.
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(historical) A full, loose gown for women.
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(fashion) A long, wide, loose-fitting gown with long sleeves and a high neck, introduced by missionaries in Polynesia; Originally austere, later transformed into lighter and more colorful forms.
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Origin of mother-hubbard

  • Probably from illustrations of Mother Hubbard , character in a nursery rhyme by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768–1826), British writer

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

  • From "Old Mother Hubbard", a nursery rhyme.

    From Wiktionary