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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. Also called pettiskirt.
adj. Slang
Relating to or characteristic of women.

[Middle English peticote : peti, small; see petty + cote, coat; see coat.]

pet′ti·coat′ed adj.
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wearing a petticoat
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Adj.1.petticoated - wearing or furnished with a petticoat; "petticoated ladies"; "a petticoated table"
clad, clothed - wearing or provided with clothing; sometimes used in combination; "clothed and in his right mind"- Bible; "proud of her well-clothed family"; "nurses clad in white"; "white-clad nurses"
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References in classic literature ?
His eye was caught by a building of pale-blue tin, stencilled "Calvinist Chapel," before whose shuttered windows an Italian organ-grinder .with a petticoated monkey was playing "Dolly Grey-"
There was a great deal of talk among the neighbors, particularly the petticoated ones, about what they called the witchcraft of Maule's eye.
Her thickly petticoated skirts were beaten into foam beneath her belted mackintosh, as she stared through a welter of night, watching the phosphorescent furrows of the boat's wake as they ploughed away from England and Denis.
As the inquisitive newlyweds, a petticoated Sophie Junker and a trousered Amel Brahim-Djelloul (yes, Gontran is a pants part) provided nicely contrasted timbral variations on a French-light-soprano theme; and Quebec's ebullient baritone Dominique Cote, making his U.S.
Latin was supposed to be unintelligible to the petticoated clamjamfrie but it warned the initiated that every verse was to be understood the clean contrary way.
This "Lost Cause" is still very much present in white American identity, as seen in popularity of petticoated cotillions, Southern romance fiction, the booming reproduction market, and housing developments (even Northern ones) named after plantations.