American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman's slip or underskirt that is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace. Also called pettiskirt.
- n. Something, such as a decorative valance or flounce, that resembles a woman's underskirt.
- adj. Slang Female; feminine.
- adj. Slang Of, relating to, or carried out by women.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short coat or garment worn by men under the long overcoat.
- n. A skirt: formerly, the skirt of a woman's dress or robe, frequently worn over a hoop or farthingale; now, an underskirt worn by women and children; also, in the plural, skirts worn by very young boys.
- n. A woman; a female.
- n. A garment worn by fishermen in warm weather, made of oilcloth or coarse canvas, very wide and descending to the calf of the leg, generally with an insertion for each leg, but sometimes like a woman's petticoat, with no intersecting seam, and worn over the common dress.
- n. In archery, the ground of a target, beyond the white. Also called
- n. The depending skirt or inverted cup-shaped part of an insulator for supporting telegraph-lines, the function of which is to protect the stem from rain.
- Of or pertaining to petticoats; feminine; female: as, petticoat influence.
- n. In electricity, on an insulator for outdoor service, a downward projecting mantle intended to shed the rain-water.
- n. historical A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.
- n. historical A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.
- n. A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.
- n. A light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, and hanging either from the shoulders or (now especially) from the waist; a kind of slip, worn to make the skirt fuller, or for extra warmth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A loose under-garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist.
- n. undergarment worn under a skirt
- From petty + coat. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English peticote : peti, small; see petty + cote, coat; see coat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The petticoat is very easy to make, too ... just cut the fabric to the right length (front & back piece), stitch sides, add lace at the bottom, sew a casing at the top for elastic & then add elastic & stitch opening closed!”
“The modern Greek male costume is often called a petticoat or a tutu.”
“I wonder," she said, slipping on a quilted green satin petticoat with pink rosebuds embroidered on it, "whether Shakespeare began being a poet like that – just little odd lines coming into his head without him meaning them to.”
“I have been setting up a thick quilted satin petticoat for this cold weather, and my eyes are not well.”
“The top of the petticoat is yellow satin; the rest, which is of scarlet cashmere, is embroidered in gold and silver.”
“One, for example, would have a scarlet satin petticoat, and over it a pink satin robe, with scarlet ribbons to match.”
“The first petticoat is trimmed with gold up the sides, which are slit open, and tied up with coloured ribbon.”
“Then the Governor’s wife arose and stripped her of her jewels and silken raiment and, clothing her in petticoat-trousers of sack-cloth and a shift of hair-cloth, sent her down into the kitchen and made her a scullery-wench, saying,”
“I had nothing I could spare from my own scanty and insufficient clothing, for a week's wandering among the thorny jungle had torn my dressing-gown and solitary muslin petticoat into ribbons, which were held together by thorns instead of pins, on the curative principle, I suppose, of" a hair of the dog that bit you. ”
“The part which may be called a petticoat — though the word is a slur upon the graceful drapery — is short, and shows the finely turned ankles, high insteps, and small feet.”
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