Petticoat definition

pĕtē-kōt
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Something resembling a petticoat.
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(informal, former) A woman or girl.
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(historical) A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.
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A girl's or woman's undergarment, worn under a dress or skirt, that is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace.
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(historical) A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.
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(archaic or historical) A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.
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A light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, and hanging either from the shoulders or (now especially) from the waist; a kind of slip, worn to make the skirt fuller, or for extra warmth.
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Relating to or characteristic of women.
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Of or by women; female.

Petticoat government.

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A skirt, now esp. an underskirt often trimmed at the hemline as with lace or ruffles, worn by women and girls.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
petticoat
Plural:
petticoats

Origin of petticoat

  • Middle English peticote peti small petty cote coat coat

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

  • From petty +"Ž coat.

    From Wiktionary