Definition of petticoat in English:


Syllabification: pet·ti·coat
Pronunciation: /ˈpetēˌkōt


  • 1A woman’s light, loose undergarment hanging from the shoulders or the waist, worn under a skirt or dress.
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    • At the bottom of the trunk she found a set of white undergarments including lacy petticoats and a full corseted bodice.
    • The undergarments included stockings, petticoats, drawers, and a corset.
    • She swiftly pulled on the tunic, then the stockings, the corset, petticoats, skirt and boots.
    slip, half-slip, undergarment
    archaic kirtle
    historical crinoline, farthingale
  • 1.1 [as modifier] informal , often • derogatory Used to denote female control of something regarded as more commonly dominated by men: he was in danger of succumbing to the petticoat government of Mary and Sarah
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    • Nancy was renowned as a petticoat president who dominated the White House.



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  • But the smaller key was for another locker, four feet high and five inches wide boasting a single rail and hanger - adequate for storing a single item of clothing as long as it wasn't a petticoated ball gown.
  • Now most of these laws do not specify the actual type of square dancing, but it is clear from the official pictures - showing elaborately petticoated women with elegantly tailored partners - what is meant.
  • They wear long petticoated gowns with shawls, along with extravagant headdresses.


late Middle English: from petty coat, literally 'small coat'.

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