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

Origin of hemline

First recorded in 1920–25; hem1 + line1
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Examples from the Web for hemline

Contemporary Examples of hemline

  • Flourishes of ruffles spread out from beneath the hemline, like a frilly skirt.

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    A Fashion Spectacle at Comme des Garçons

    Liza Foreman

    September 28, 2013

  • In order to avoid a snooze-fest, there has to be more drama than the raising or lowering of a hemline.

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    Designer Movies

    Renata Espinosa

    August 5, 2009

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



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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