pinafore

[ pin-uh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˈpɪn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /

noun

a child's apron, usually large enough to cover the dress and sometimes trimmed with flounces.
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.
Chiefly British.
  1. a large apron worn by adults.
  2. a sleeveless smock.

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Origin of pinafore

First recorded in 1775–85; pin + afore
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British Dictionary definitions for pinafore

pinafore
/ (ˈpɪnəˌfɔː) /

noun

mainly British an apron, esp one with a bib
mainly British short for pinafore dress
mainly US an overdress buttoning at the back

Word Origin for pinafore

C18: from pin + afore
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