- 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
Historical Examples of 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 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.