[ fahr-thing-geyl ]
/ ˈfɑr ðɪŋˌgeɪl /
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a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman's skirt, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Origin of farthingale
1545–55; earlier verdynggale<Middle French verdugale, alteration of Old Spanish verdugado, equivalent to verdug(o) tree-shoot, rod (verd(e) green (<Latin viridis) + -ugo noun suffix) + -ado-ade1; so called from rod used to extend skirt
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Example sentences from the Web for farthingale
Mistress Dorothy Farthingale is seated in the middle of the stage, reading a letter and occasionally sighing.
The scene is an apartment in the mansion of Sir Thomas Farthingale.
British Dictionary definitions for farthingale
/ (ˈfɑːðɪŋˌɡeɪl) /
a hoop or framework worn under skirts, esp in the Elizabethan period, to shape and spread them
Word Origin for farthingale
C16: from French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo rod
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