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partlet

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noun
  1. a garment for the neck and shoulders, usually ruffled and having a collar, worn in the 16th century.
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Origin of partlet

1510–20; unexplained variant of late Middle English patelet < Middle French patelette strip of cloth, band, literally, little paw, equivalent to Old French pate paw + -lete -let
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Examples from the Web for partlet

Historical Examples

  • The new articles worn were the habit-shirt or partlet and the waistcoat.

    A Handbook of Pictorial History

    Henry W. Donald

  • Antiquarian research has, as it often does, muddled us as to the meaning of the word ‘partlet.’

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

  • Then he goes on to say that a partlet may be goodness knows what else.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

  • Fairholt, who is very good in many ways, puts down in his glossary, ‘Partlet: A gorget for women.’

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

  • Mrs. Partlet, the mamma, was very proud of her fine family; for the eight little daughters were all white and very pretty.

    The Louisa Alcott Reader

    Louisa M. Alcott


British Dictionary definitions for partlet

partlet

noun
  1. a woman's garment covering the neck and shoulders, worn esp during the 16th century
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Word Origin

C16: a variant of Middle English patelet strip of cloth, from Middle French patelette
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