from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A blouse worn under a jumper.
- n. A yoke insert for a low-necked dress.
- n. A starched cloth covering the neck and shoulders as part of a nun's habit.
- n. See gimp1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Gimp; a narrow flat braid or reinforced cord of fabric used for ornamental trimming.
- n. A kind of short, high-necked blouse with sleeves of the late Victorian era, designed to be worn under a low-cut dress, jumper, or pinafore dress.
- n. A kind of short chemisette or yoke insert made of lace, embroidery, or the like, worn with a low-necked dress.
- n. A wimple; a wide, stiffly starched cloth that covers the neck and shoulders, as part of the habit of nuns of certain orders.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of short blouse or chemisette, worn under a low-necked dress such as a jumper or pinafore.
- n. a piece of starched cloth covering the shoulders of a nun's habit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chemisette worn with a low or square-necked dress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a piece of starched cloth covering the shoulders of a nun's habit
- n. a short blouse with sleeves that is worn under a jumper or pinafore dress
French, from Old French guimple, from Old High German wimpal; see weip- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French guimpe, from Middle French guimpe, from Old French guimple ("wimple"), from Old Frankish *wimpil, *wimpila (“head scarf”), from Proto-Germanic *wimpilaz, from Proto-Germanic *wīpanan ("to wind, sling, garland, swing"; from Proto-Indo-European *wimb-, *weib- (“to turn, rotate”)) + Proto-Germanic *-ilaz (instrumental suffix). Cognate with Old High German wimpal and winfila ("head scarf"), Middle Dutch wumpel ("cap"), Old English wimpel, winpel ("wimple"), Old Norse vimpill ("hood, veil"). Also influenced by Old French guimpre ("a kind of trimming"), from the same Germanic source. More at wimple. (Wiktionary)