American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sleeveless garment similar to an apron, worn especially by small girls as a dress or an overdress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of apron worn by children to protect the front part of their dress; a child's apron.
- n. A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes. Most often worn by young girls as an overdress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An apron for a child to protect the front part of dress; a tier.
- n. a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing
- From pin + afore. The pinafore was originally pinned to the front of a dress, as it had no buttons. (Wiktionary)
- pin + afore (so called because formerly pinned to the front of the dress). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The dress is silk dupioni and the pinafore is a fine batiste with french lace insertion and embroidery.”
“For those ladies outside of the US, the 'Jumper' is more commonly referred to as a pinafore - most often a garment worn by schoolgirls (hence its virtual non-use by adult women).”
“I can call my pinafore to testify to my good will in the work, for in ten minutes it was reduced to a perambulating bill of fare, presenting samples of all the refreshments going or gone.”
“Their clothing was certainly simple enough, each and all wearing only a kind of pinafore or smock frock reaching from the neck to the ankle and made of very coarse osnaburg, but kept as clean and whole as the nature of their employment allowed.”
“Bertrand and Geraldine lowly on buffets, while Hilary was perched on the top of a huge packing chest, enveloped in a pink "pinafore," and looking all the prettier because her brown hair was ruffled a little out of its usual immaculate order.”
“We wear only modest feminine dresses and usually pinafore style aprons.”
“Kit held up the black seersucker halter dress with white dots for herself and the black lace cotton pinafore for Fancy.”
“The crowd parted, gliding away from Fancy as if on rollers, until she stood alone, her pinafore fluttering in the warm breeze.”
“Under the shadows of my bonnet and pinafore, I could do nothing else but nod.”
“For me, this became more than a theoretical question when I fell in love with a very simple Nanette Lepore dress it's black Italian lace, with a hot pink pinafore under it, and I have added a wide black patent leather belt.”
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