- a chemisette or yoke of lace, embroidery, or other material, worn with a dress cut low at the neck.
- a part of the habit of nuns of certain orders, consisting of a wide, stiffly starched cloth that covers the neck and shoulders.
Origin of guimpe
1840–50; earlier gimp; see gimp1
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Examples from the Web for guimpe
The gathers at the waist are confined by narrow rows of guimpe.
A guimpe of black net perhaps—tucked, would you say, Joan dear!Why Joan?
Eleanor Mercein Kelly
It was a princess, and for evening wear the guimpe had only to be removed.My Actor-Husband
Hemstitchers earn $10 to $14 and a guimpe maker in one shop earned $12.Wage Earning and Education
R. R. Lutz
Whatever she got for that must be made with a guimpe that could be taken out to make it a little more festive for the ball.A Girl Of The Limberlost
Gene Stratton Porter
- a short blouse with sleeves worn under a pinafore dress
- a fill-in for a low-cut dress
- a piece of starched cloth covering the chest and shoulders of a nun's habit
- a variant spelling of gimp 1
C19: variant of gimp
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