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farthingale

Line breaks: far¦thin|gale
Pronunciation: /ˈfɑːðɪŋɡeɪl
 
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Definition of farthingale in English:

noun

historical
A hooped petticoat or circular pad of fabric around the hips, formerly worn under women’s skirts to extend and shape them.
Example sentences
  • In Spain, the farthingale and excessive décolletage were proscribed for all but licensed prostitutes in 1639.
  • For example, the black veil and the farthingale, or guardainfante (the rigid framework of iron hoops to support large, stiff skirts), worn by the sitter were typical of but not exclusive to Spanish fashion.
  • They were struggling with a Spanish farthingale and trying to attach it to an uncooperative novice.

Origin

early 16th century (formerly also as vardingale): from French verdugale, alteration of Spanish verdugado, from verdugo 'rod, stick', from verde 'green'.

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