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overskirt

[oh-ver-skurt] /ˈoʊ vərˌskɜrt/
noun
1.
an outer skirt.
2.
a skirt worn over the skirt of a dress and caught up or draped to reveal it.
Origin of overskirt
1865-1870
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; over- + skirt
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  • She was wearing a linsey petticoat and a short gown for an overskirt.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • "An overskirt before," says I, lifting both hands, satchel and all.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • "Make a overskirt for Floridy Alabamy," said Bubbles, importantly.

    A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
  • Off came the green silk dress with its tight "basque" and overskirt.

    The Christmas Angel Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Gradually the overskirt is looped back, (at first only a few inches), and tied with narrow ribbons.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank
  • In country places women wear the petticoat alone, using the overskirt or huipil only on special occasions.

  • She slipped out of the room without deeming it necessary to resume her overskirt.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • This overskirt was deeply flounced with costly white lace, caught up with bunches of feathers of bright colors.

  • And over this she placed an overskirt of deerskin, fringed with long cut fringes with deer-hoofs at the ends to rattle.

    Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights J. William Lloyd
  • Lucilla brought a sack and an overskirt to make; she could hardly have been spared if she had had to bring mere idle work.

    We Girls: A Home Story Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for overskirt

overskirt

/ˈəʊvəˌskɜːt/
noun
1.
an outer skirt, esp one that reveals a decorative underskirt
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