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  1. the bottom edge of a coat, dress, skirt, etc.
  2. the level of this edge as expressed in inches from the floor: an 18-inch hemline.
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Origin of hemline

First recorded in 1920–25; hem1 + line1
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Contemporary Examples of hemline

Historical Examples of hemline

  • She was wearing an odd black dress, long-sleeved, high-necked, with a hemline that touched the floor.

    The Cartels Jungle

    Irving E. Cox, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for hemline


  1. the level to which the hem of a skirt or dress hangs; hemknee-length hemlines
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Word Origin and History for hemline


1899, from hem (n.) + line (n.).

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