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 (fär′thĭn-gāl′, -thĭng-)
A support, such as a hoop, worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally from the waist, used by European women in the 1500s and 1600s.

[Alteration of obsolete verdynggale, from obsolete French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo, stick, shoot of a tree, from verde, green, from Latin viridis, from virēre, to be green.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a hoop or framework worn under skirts, esp in the Elizabethan period, to shape and spread them
[C16: from French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo rod]


(ˈfɑr ðɪŋˌgeɪl)

a framework of hoops worn under a woman's skirt to expand it: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[1545–55; earlier verdynggale < Middle French verdugale, alter. of Old Spanish verdugado, derivative of verdugo tree shoot, rod, derivative of verde green < Latin viridis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.farthingale - a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontallyfarthingale - a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
hoop - a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt


nReifrock m, → Krinoline f
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It was in Queen Anne's time that the bone was in its glory, the farthingale being then all the fashion.
A bell with an old voice - which I dare say in its time had often said to the house, Here is the green farthingale, Here is the diamondhilted sword, Here are the shoes with red heels and the blue solitaire, - sounded gravely in the moonlight, and two cherrycoloured maids came fluttering out to receive Estella.
The age had not so much refinement, that any sense of impropriety restrained the wearers of petticoat and farthingale from stepping forth into the public ways, and wedging their not unsubstantial persons, if occasion were, into the throng nearest to the scaffold at an execution.
But just as he was about to press forward and break through all, suddenly from among some trees two shepherdesses of surpassing beauty presented themselves to his sight- or at least damsels dressed like shepherdesses, save that their jerkins and sayas were of fine brocade; that is to say, the sayas were rich farthingales of gold embroidered tabby.
Richard Smith was arrested on suspicion of murder after his friend Deborah Wilkinson, 42, was found dead with a head injury at her home in Farthingale Way, Hemlington last August.
Debbie Wilkinson, 42, was discovered with a head injury at her house in Farthingale Way, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, at around 7pm on Friday.
In one minute, she had to put on a full farthingale skirt, another skirt, a bodice, a standing collar, gloves, a wig, a headpiece, and a neck ruff.
With a nod to gender bending, Bekkers sometimes adds the top ring of the drum farthingale to his Elizabethan menswear, a look that brings a whimsical sense of equality to men's garments, which are usually dwarfed by the size of the women's dresses.
She is excessively accessorized with a massive farthingale, several sleeves, a cartwheel ruff, jewels, a headpiece, a fan and a mirror, and her facial and bodily features are simplified and exaggerated.
In his La Carrozza (1649), a text in which fashion is interwoven with political economies, national identity, and gender construction, he derides the use of the farthingale as a grotesque spectacle, a "vanities of vanity," and a means to hide ugly things, such a pregnancies.
At one Colorado Renaissance fair, people adopted such roles as "The Wizard," "Heather the Potatoe Wench," "Ronin the Fool," "Ian the Healer," "Sister Odessa Farthingale," and "King Henry the Eighth.
She plans to acquire a new farthingale, a French hood, a bumroll, a periwig, a fan, and a mask (10.