an outer skirt.
a skirt worn over the skirt of a dress and caught up or draped to reveal it.

Origin of overskirt

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; over- + skirt
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Examples from the Web for overskirt

Historical Examples of overskirt

  • She was wearing a linsey petticoat and a short gown for an overskirt.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • "An overskirt before," says I, lifting both hands, satchel and all.

  • "Make a overskirt for Floridy Alabamy," said Bubbles, importantly.

    A Sweet Little Maid

    Amy E. Blanchard

  • Off came the green silk dress with its tight "basque" and overskirt.

    The Christmas Angel

    Abbie Farwell Brown

  • Gradually the overskirt is looped back, (at first only a few inches), and tied with narrow ribbons.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank

British Dictionary definitions for overskirt



an outer skirt, esp one that reveals a decorative underskirt
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