Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[pin-uh-fawr, -fohr] /ˈpɪn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/
a child's apron, usually large enough to cover the dress and sometimes trimmed with flounces.
a woman's sleeveless garment derived from it, low-necked, tying or buttoning in the back, and worn as an apron or as a dress, usually over a blouse, a sweater, or another dress.
Chiefly British.
  1. a large apron worn by adults.
  2. a sleeveless smock.
Origin of pinafore
First recorded in 1775-85; pin + afore Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pinafore
Historical Examples
  • "I am sorry for her," said Henry, rubbing the sleeve of his pinafore across his eyes.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • It was creeping about like an old baby, and had on a little frock and pinafore.

  • We'll sail in the 'pinafore,' and come home with our pockets full of money.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5 Louisa M. Alcott
  • His frock set off this petted appearance—it gave you the idea of a pinafore on him.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • "Give it to me," cried the Prince; and reaching after it, he hid it under his pinafore.

    The Little Lame Prince Dinah Maria Mulock
  • But it looked to me like a child's pinafore, greatly enlarged.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • "The little girls will laugh at me," she said, drying her tears with her pinafore.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • But a young man of nineteen ought not to be attached to his mother's pinafore!

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The 'pinafore' announcement was for the edification of the New Londoners.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Then why don't you substitute something in place of 'pinafore?'

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
British Dictionary definitions for pinafore


(mainly Brit) an apron, esp one with a bib
(mainly Brit) short for pinafore dress
(mainly US) an overdress buttoning at the back
Word Origin
C18: from pin + afore
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pinafore

"sleeveless apron worn by children," 1782, from pin (v.) + afore "on the front." So called because it was originally pinned to a dress front.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pinafore

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pinafore

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pinafore