- a garment for the neck and shoulders, usually ruffled and having a collar, worn in the 16th century.
Origin of partlet
1510–20; unexplained variant of late Middle English patelet < Middle French patelette strip of cloth, band, literally, little paw, equivalent to Old French pate paw + -lete -let
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Examples from the Web for partlet
The new articles worn were the habit-shirt or partlet and the waistcoat.A Handbook of Pictorial History
Henry W. Donald
Antiquarian research has, as it often does, muddled us as to the meaning of the word ‘partlet.’
Then he goes on to say that a partlet may be goodness knows what else.
Fairholt, who is very good in many ways, puts down in his glossary, ‘Partlet: A gorget for women.’
Mrs. Partlet, the mamma, was very proud of her fine family; for the eight little daughters were all white and very pretty.The Louisa Alcott Reader
Louisa M. Alcott
- a woman's garment covering the neck and shoulders, worn esp during the 16th century
C16: a variant of Middle English patelet strip of cloth, from Middle French patelette
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