[ pin-uh-fawr, -fohr ]
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  1. a child's apron, usually large enough to cover the dress and sometimes trimmed with flounces.

  2. a woman's sleeveless garment derived from it, low-necked, tying or buttoning in the back, and worn as an apron or as a dress, usually over a blouse, a sweater, or another dress.

  1. Chiefly British.

    • a large apron worn by adults.

    • a sleeveless smock.

Origin of pinafore

First recorded in 1775–85; pin + afore

Words Nearby pinafore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pinafore in a sentence

  • “Something,” said Nettie, looking very wise, as she hid her chubby hands under her pinafore.

    Ruth Hall | Fanny Fern

British Dictionary definitions for pinafore


/ (ˈpɪnəˌfɔː) /

  1. mainly British an apron, esp one with a bib

  2. mainly British short for pinafore dress

  1. mainly US an overdress buttoning at the back

Origin of pinafore

C18: from pin + afore

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