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1. A coarse stiff fabric, originally of cotton and horsehair, used especially to line and stiffen hats and garments.
2. A petticoat made of this fabric.
3. A hoop skirt.
[French, from Italian crinolino : crino, horsehair (from Latin crīnis, hair; see sker- in Indo-European roots) + lino, flax (from Latin līnum; see lī̆no- in Indo-European roots).]
crin′o·line, crin′o·lined (-lĭnd) adj.
1. (Textiles) a stiff fabric, originally of horsehair and linen used in lining garments
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a petticoat stiffened with this, worn to distend skirts, esp in the mid-19th century
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a framework of steel hoops worn for the same purpose
[C19: from French, from Italian crinolino, from crino horsehair, from Latin crīnis hair + lino flax, from Latin līnum]
crin•o•line(ˈkrɪn l ɪn)
1. a stiff, coarse fabric, often of cotton, used as interlining or for support in garments, hats, etc.
2. a petticoat of crinoline or other stiff material worn to bell out an overskirt.
3. a hoop skirt.
[1820–30; < French < Italian crinolino=crino horsehair (« Latin crīnis hair) + lino flax < Latin līnum; compare linen]
A stiff linen fabric used in the past to line and stiffen clothes, or a petticoat made of this.
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|Noun||1.||crinoline - a skirt stiffened with hoops |
hoop - a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
skirt - a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
|2.||crinoline - a full stiff petticoat made of crinoline fabric|
|3.||crinoline - a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing|