from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sleeveless garment similar to an apron, worn especially by small girls as a dress or an overdress.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes. Most often worn by young girls as an overdress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apron for a child to protect the front part of dress; a tier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of apron worn by children to protect the front part of their dress; a child's apron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing
pin + afore (so called because formerly pinned to the front of the dress).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pin + afore. The pinafore was originally pinned to the front of a dress, as it had no buttons. (Wiktionary)