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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.
wearing a crinoline