- a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman's skirt, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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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- a hoop or framework worn under skirts, esp in the Elizabethan period, to shape and spread them
C16: from French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo rod
Word Origin and History for farthingale
1550s, from Middle French verdugale, from Spanish verdugado "hooped, hooped skirt," from verdugo "rod, stick, young shoot of a tree," from verde "green," from Latin viridis (see verdure). Originally made from cane hoops or rods.
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