from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A support, such as a hoop, worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally from the waist, used by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hooped structure in cloth worn to extend the skirt of women's dresses; a hooped petticoat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hoop skirt or hoop petticoat, or other light, elastic material, used to extend the petticoat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrivance for extending the skirts of women's dresses, resembling the modern hooped skirt and made of ribs of whalebone run into a cloth foundation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
Alteration of obsolete verdynggale, from Old French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo, stick, shoot of a tree, from verde, green, from Latin viridis, from virēre, to be green.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French verdugale, from Spanish verdugado, from verdugo ("rod"). (Wiktionary)