Definition of crinoline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrin(ə)lən/


1 historical A stiffened or hooped petticoat worn to make a long skirt stand out.
Example sentences
  • She also sells pointed boots, tight black trews, crinolines, and hooped corsets along with jewellery and accessories hinting at pagan and alternative sub-cultures.
  • Buy my latest ebook and learn how to recognise changes between Paniers, crinolines, bustles, bras and corsets and the affect this has on the outer silhouette of female costume.
  • And just like on that June morning 150 years ago, Charlotte paraded from her home, down cobbled School Street into the church, where the congregation had swapped jeans and sweatshirts for Victorian crinolines and tail coats.
2A stiff fabric made of horsehair and cotton or linen thread, typically used for stiffening petticoats or as a lining.
Example sentences
  • Laughing Katie pulled out a bell shaped cage made of thin bendable wood while Krystal pulled out a slip of several layers of stiff crinoline.
  • For the skirt, cut the plaid fabric, the lining, and a layer of crinoline about 11/2 times the width of the top piece.
  • By 1849 the discreet euphemism ‘dress-improver’ was in use, and by 1853 bustles were being made with rolls of crinoline (a mixture of horsehair and linen).


Mid 19th century (sense 2, early crinolines being made of such material): from French, formed irregularly from Latin crinis 'hair' + linum 'thread'.

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Syllabification: crin·o·line

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