farthingale
noun Etymology: modification of Middle French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo young shoot of a tree, from verde green, from Latin viridis — more at verdant Date: 1552 a support (as of hoops) worn especially in the 16th century beneath a skirt to expand it at the hipline

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  • Farthingale — is a term applied to any of several structures used under Western European women s clothing in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to support the skirts into the desired shape. Spanish farthingale The Spanish farthingale was a hoop skirt.… …   Wikipedia

  • farthingale — [fär′thiŋ gāl΄] n. [OFr verdugalle, farthingale < Sp verdugado, provided with hoops, farthingale < verdugo, young shoot of a tree, rod, hoop < verde < L viridis, green] 1. a hoop, openwork frame, or circular pad worn under the skirt,… …   English World dictionary

  • Farthingale — Far thin*gale, n. [OE. vardingale, fardingale, fr. OF. vertugale, verdugade, F. vertugade, vertugadin, from Sp. verdugado, being named from its hoops, fr. verdugo a young shoot of tree, fr. verde green, fr. L. viridis. See {Verdant}.] A hoop… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farthingale — 1550s, from M.Fr. verdugale, from Sp. verdugado hooped, hooped skirt, from verdugo rod, stick, young shoot of a tree, from verde green, from L. viridis (see VERDURE (Cf. verdure)). Originally made from cane hoops or rods …   Etymology dictionary

  • farthingale — ► NOUN historical ▪ a hooped petticoat or circular pad of fabric around the hips, formerly worn under women s skirts to extend and shape them. ORIGIN French verdugale, from Spanish verdugo rod, stick …   English terms dictionary

  • farthingale — /fahr dhing gayl /, n. a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman s skirt, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries. [1545 55; earlier verdynggale < MF verdugale, alter. of OSp verdugado, equiv. to verdug(o) tree shoot, rod (verd(e) green ( < L… …   Universalium

  • farthingale — noun A hooped structure worn beneath a skirt around the sixteenth century …   Wiktionary

  • farthingale — n. hoop skirt (fashionable in the 1500 s) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • farthingale — [ fα:δɪŋgeɪl] noun historical a hooped petticoat or circular pad of fabric formerly worn under women s skirts to extend and shape them. Origin C16: from Fr. verdugale, alt. of Sp. verdugado, from verdugo rod, stick …   English new terms dictionary

  • farthingale — n. Crinoline, hoop, hoop skirt …   New dictionary of synonyms

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