Dolly Varden

[dol-ee vahr-dn]
  1. a woman's costume of the late 19th century, including a flower-trimmed, broad-brimmed hat and a dress consisting of a tight bodice and bouffant panniers in a flower print over a calf-length quilted petticoat.
  2. the hat of this costume.
  3. the dress of this costume.
  4. Ichthyology. Also called bull trout, Dolly Varden trout. a char, Salvelinus malma, inhabiting fresh and marine waters of western North America and eastern Asia.
  5. Newfoundland. a large earthenware drinking cup used on fishing vessels.

Origin of Dolly Varden

First recorded in 1870–75; costume named after a colorfully dressed character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge (1841); applied to fish in allusion to its coloring Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for dolly varden

Dolly Varden

  1. a woman's large-brimmed hat trimmed with flowers
  2. a red-spotted trout, Salvelinus malma, occurring in lakes in W North America

Word Origin for Dolly Varden

C19: from the name of a character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge (1841)
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