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[oh-ver-skurt] /ˈoʊ vərˌskɜrt/
an outer skirt.
a skirt worn over the skirt of a dress and caught up or draped to reveal it.
Origin of overskirt
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; over- + skirt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • "Make a overskirt for Floridy Alabamy," said Bubbles, importantly.

    A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
  • In country places women wear the petticoat alone, using the overskirt or huipil only on special occasions.

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

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • She had a overskirt of netted white silk cord, heavy enough to use for a hammock.

  • A tunic of soft yellow crepe was loosely belted at the waist, the overskirt falling to her knees.

    The Ranch Girls in Europe Margaret Vandercook
  • She was wearing a linsey petticoat and a short gown for an overskirt.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Then she came through the common room again, with her overskirt over her head, went out, and left the door ajar.

British Dictionary definitions for overskirt


an outer skirt, esp one that reveals a decorative underskirt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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