Gibson girl


noun

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

adjective

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
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Examples from the Web for 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

noun

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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