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pinafore

[pin-uh-fawr, -fohr]
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noun
  1. a child's apron, usually large enough to cover the dress and sometimes trimmed with flounces.
  2. 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.
  3. Chiefly British.
    1. a large apron worn by adults.
    2. a sleeveless smock.
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Origin of pinafore

First recorded in 1775–85; pin + afore
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for pinafore

pinafore

noun
  1. mainly British an apron, esp one with a bib
  2. mainly British short for pinafore dress
  3. mainly US an overdress buttoning at the back
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Word Origin

C18: from pin + afore
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Word Origin and History for pinafore

n.

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

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