from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coarse stiff fabric of cotton or horsehair used especially to line and stiffen hats and garments.
- n. A petticoat made of this fabric.
- n. A hoop skirt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stiff fabric made from cotton and horsehair
- n. A stiff petticoat made from this fabric
- n. A skirt stiffened with hoops
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of stiff cloth, used chiefly by women, for underskirts, to expand the gown worn over it; -- so called because originally made of hair.
- n. A lady's skirt made of any stiff material; latterly, a hoop skirt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stiff material originally made wholly or in part of horsehair, whence the name.
- n. Hence A skirt made of this stuff or of any stiffened or starched material.
- n. A framework of fine steel or other hoops or springs, used for distending the dress; a hoop-skirt. See farthingale and hoop-skirt.
- Pertaining to or resembling a crinoline in structure.
- n. A contrivance worn by divers in deep water to enable them to breathe more freely. It is placed round the body and tied in front of the stomach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a full stiff petticoat made of crinoline fabric
- n. a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
- n. a skirt stiffened with hoops
French, from Italian crinolino : crino, horsehair (from Latin crīnis, hair; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots) + lino, flax (from Latin līnum; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)