What is another word for petticoats?

Pronunciation: [pˈɛtɪkˌə͡ʊts] (IPA)

Petticoats, also known as underskirts, have been a staple in women's fashion for centuries. They were used to add volume and shape to dresses, as well as to offer a layer of protection from the cold weather. While petticoats may not be as popular today, they are still a significant part of historical fashion. Alternatives to the word include crinolines, underslips, or half-slips. A crinoline is a type of petticoat made of stiff material, such as horsehair, which holds the shape of a skirt. Underslips and half-slips are similar but usually less voluminous, designed to protect underwear from being seen. These synonyms offer a range of possibilities for describing historical and modern women's fashion.

Usage examples for Petticoats

But under the skirt, which hangs from just below the arm-pits, there must be at least a dozen petticoats.
"Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer"
W. C. Scully
She was dressed in the good old Dutch taste, with long stays, and full, short petticoats, so admirably adapted to show and set off the female form.
"Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists"
Washington Irving
I sauntered to the window, and stood gazing at the people picking their way to church, with petticoats hoisted mid-leg high, and dripping umbrellas.
"Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists"
Washington Irving

Famous quotes with Petticoats

  • I turn green in bed at midnight if I think of the horror of a year's warfare in the Philippines ... We must slaughter a million or two foolish Malays in order to give them the comforts of flannel petticoats and electric railways.
    Henry Adams
  • Writing a book for the seems to be about as profitable an occupation as furnishing flannel petticoats for the showgirls.
    Dorothy Parker
  • The first human corpse I saw had housed my grandmother’s soul. I expected a serene mien. I expected to find her sleeping. I expected a transforming beauty, something painted by Millais. Instead, the old whore petticoats of skin.
    Antonella Gambotto-Burke
  • Do as the beautiful woman: see to your figure and your petticoats. Though, of course, I am not speaking literally.
    Jean Cocteau

Related words: short petticoats, long petticoats, petticoat skirts, petticoat dresses, petticoat bodices, white petticoat skirts, white petticoat dresses, black petticoat dresses

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