- a petticoat of haircloth or other stiff material, worn under a full skirt to keep it belled out.
- a stiff, coarse cotton material for interlining.
- a hoop skirt.
- a reinforcement of iron straps for holding together brickwork, as of a furnace or chimney.
Origin of crinoline
Examples from the Web for crinoline
An awkward predicament is as unfamiliar to me as a crinoline; I have never been in one.
A woman is ashamed to be without a crinoline or a bustle when all the rest wear them.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
But Maryanne wore her hoops as a duchess wears her crinoline.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson
Nor he you in an ordinary silk gown, puffed out with crinoline.The Bertrams
I saw them to-day, without any crinoline, pulling the garden-roller.The Book of Snobs
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a stiff fabric, originally of horsehair and linen used in lining garments
- a petticoat stiffened with this, worn to distend skirts, esp in the mid-19th century
- a framework of steel hoops worn for the same purpose
Word Origin and History for crinoline
1830, from French crinoline "hair cloth" (19c.), from Italian crinolino, from crino "horsehair" (from Latin crinis "hair") + lino "flax, thread," from Latin linum (see linen). So called from the warp and woof fibers of the original mixture.