from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman's loose, unbelted dress.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long, wide, loose-fitting gown with long sleeves and a high neck, introduced by missionaries in Polynesia; Originally austere, later transformed into lighter and more colorful forms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A loose full gown worn by women: so named from its general resemblance to that considered characteristic of “Mother Hubbard” in the rimes of “Mother Goose.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman's loose unbelted dress
Probably from illustrations of Mother Hubbard, character in a nursery rhyme by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826), British writer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From "Old Mother Hubbard", a nursery rhyme. (Wiktionary)