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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)


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