Definitions

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  • n. A women's overgarment worn in twelfth century Western Europe, featuring voluminous skirts and horizontal puckering or pleating across a snugly fitted underbust abdomen

Etymologies

Old French bliaut, from Frankish *blidat (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I wanted to wait until I was done with the bliaut to post pictures of it, so there are now some photos of us at the fair on Flickr.

    Yay costumes!

  • Despite some rough edges literally that resulted from making the costume so fast, I'm really happy with the bliaut.

    Yay costumes!

  • The geekier details about how I made the bliaut are here.

    Yay costumes!

  • I wish I'd had more time to trim the bliaut and make a veil.

    Yay costumes!

  • After some successes making the underdress and a practice version of the bodice, I went to 39th Street today to scope out fabrics for my bliaut.

    Snag? I see no snag.

  • “Papa, is it dark outside?” she asked as he slipped the bliaut over her head.

    Ransom

  • Her rich and lustrous dark hair was plaited into two long braids over her shoulders, intertwined with cords of gold thread, and lay upon the breast of her purple bliaut stirring and quivering to her long, relaxed breathing as though it had a life of its own.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • Her gown was deep blue like her eyes, and like her eyes a little faded, and the bliaut she wore over it, sleeveless and cut down to either hip, was the same blue, embroidered in rose and silver at the hems.

    The Potter's Field

  • The hands that lay at rest on the pillows were frail as cobweb, and the body within her dark gown and brocaded bliaut little but skin and bone.

    The Potter's Field

  • She wore a pale yellow ankle-length chainse with a rich gold-colored knee-length bliaut over it.

    Honor’s Splendour

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  • A women's overgarment worn in 12th-c Western Europe, featuring voluminous skirts and horizontal puckering or pleating across a snugly fitted underbust abdomen. The sleeves fit closely from the shoulder to approximately the elbow, and then widen from the elbow to drape to floor-length, or nearly so.

    February 6, 2008