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miniskirt

[min-ee-skurt]
noun
  1. a very short skirt or skirt part, as of a coat or dress, ending several inches above the knee.
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Origin of miniskirt

First recorded in 1960–65; mini(ature) + skirt
Also called mini.
Related formsmin·i·skirt·ed, adjective
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miniskirt

noun
  1. a very short skirt, originally in the 1960s one at least four inches above the kneeOften shortened to: mini
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Derived Formsminiskirted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for miniskirt

n.

also mini-skirt, 1965, from mini- + skirt (n.); reputedly the invention of French fashion designer André Courrèges (b.1923).

"The miniskirt enables young ladies to run faster, and because of it, they may have to." [John V. Lindsay, "New York Times," Jan. 13, 1967]

Related: Miniskirted.

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