- a full, loose gown, usually fitted at the shoulders, worn by women.
- a character in a nursery rhyme.
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Examples from the Web for mother hubbard
She was dressed in a shabby Mother-Hubbard gown and her feet were bare.
The wizard was tall and thin and wore a long white beard, a sort of Mother-Hubbard gown, and a pointed cap.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
Certainly it is not the loose and ungainly Mother-Hubbard gowns which are still the style of the native maiden.
Some were in Mother-Hubbard gowns, some in pongee silks, some in canvas and white duck, cut either for street or evening wear.
- (sometimes not capitals) a woman's full-length unbelted dress
C19: after Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme
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Word Origin and History for mother hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard, nursery rhyme, was printed 1805, written by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826) but based on earlier material of unknown origin (the name is attested from 1591).
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