- (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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Examples from the Web for a-line
It was a short A-line frock that covered her arms, and she paired it with a veil and a floral crown.Natalie Portman Weds in Rodarte; Jil Sander Goes Off The Grid
The Daily Beast
August 7, 2012
The dominant silhouette in the collection was an A-line, triangular shape with narrow shoulders and a full skirt.Paris Fall Fashion Week Ends With Vuitton and Kanye
March 7, 2012
- (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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