Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An outer skirt, especially a shorter one worn draped over another skirt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A skirt worn visibly, especially over another layer, such as a petticoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An upper skirt, shorter than the dress, and usually draped.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An outer skirt.
  • n. Drapery arranged upon or over the skirt of a dress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an outer skirt worn over another skirt

Etymologies

over- +‎ skirt (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Maybe it's the lasered lace on the sleeves and hem of the overskirt, which is so girly and dainty combined with the serious gray flannel.

    August 2006

  • The "overskirt," which was at that time just coming into fashion, though avoided by the more conservative, had been adopted by Aileen with enthusiasm.

    The Financier, a novel

  • The bodice part, was of heavily gold-spangled material, and a kind of overskirt arrangement was a lot of long gold fringe made of beads.

    Vicky Van

  • "I cannot move my right leg now," cried the ghost, in despair, "and my overskirt is a solid sheet of ice.

    The Water Ghost and Others

  • She wore a gown of golden brocade embroidered with pearls over an overskirt of deep blue velvet that complemented her eyes, simple by the ornate standards of her official appearances but effective all the same.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • The latest example is the peplum -- an overskirt, ruffle or flare at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, dress or skirt.

    Wendy Brandes: 'Tis the Season for Peplums

  • This overskirt, however, was insufficiently gossamer-like to achieve the effect.

    The Dressmaker

  • Inside, between sheets of tissue paper, was a white dress with an overskirt of soft pink gauze and tiny pink sleeves edged with white lace.

    The Dressmaker

  • If she was not plying a needle, then she was tugging at her cuffs or kneading the folds of her overskirt.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • I think it would look nice drawn down like an overskirt, in an oval shape.

    Vogue 8281

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