[ ey-lahyn ]
/ ˈeɪˌlaɪn /


(especially in women's clothing) a cut of garment consisting basically of two A-shaped panels for the front and back, designed to give increasing fullness toward the hemline.
a garment having such a cut.


being of such design or cut: an A-line coat; an A-line dress.

Origin of A-line

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for a-line



(of a garment, esp a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders
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Word Origin and History for a-line



descriptive of a dress or skirt flared in shape of a letter "A," 1955, in reference to the designs of Christian Dior (1905-1957).

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