Gibson girl



the idealized American girl of the 1890s as represented in the illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson.


of, indicating, or resembling the characteristic clothing of the Gibson girl, typically a high-necked, fitted blouse or bodice with full puff sleeves and a long skirt with a flared bottom and a tightly fitted waistline.

Origin of Gibson girl

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gibson girl

Historical Examples of gibson girl

  • I have since learned that some of the most virulent germs are to be found in the mouths of young ladies of the “Gibson-girl” type.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic

    William Taylor Marrs

British Dictionary definitions for gibson girl

Gibson girl


the ideal fashionable American girl of the late 1890s and early 1900s, as portrayed in the drawings of Charles Dana Gibson, 1867–1944, US illustrator
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Word Origin and History for gibson girl

Gibson girl

"woman considered stylish late 1890s and early 1900s," 1901, named for U.S. artist and illustrator Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944), whose main model was his wife, Irene Langhorne (1873-1956). The Gibson cocktail (attested by 1914) is in some stories ascribed to him, but the origin of that term is unknown.

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