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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
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Indeed, our whole concept of the season is a bit of a mismatch, the visual image is essentially Dickensian with snow-covered streets and candle-lit windows, crinolined ladies and top-hatted gentleman watching cheeky urchins skating on a pond.
No day could be altogether dull when these could be carried to the sofa or hearth-rug, and through the long lamp-lit evenings, or on wet Sunday afternoons when Sh--n dozed in her armchair, and the people passed by under their umbrellas to Sunday School, and the rainy wind moaned down the chimney, Delia and Lucy lived contentedly in a world peopled by crinolined ladies, Hunting gents, and Returning revellers in stove-pipe hats who made remarks full of Shs that were hard to follow; and, best of all, by Sir Gorgius Midas, Mrs Ponsonby de Tomkins, Duchesses with lofty noses and beautiful, tall young women.
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