- 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
Word Origin for farthingale
C16: from French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo rod
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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 Originally made from cane hoops or rods.
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