from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as farthingale.
  • n. A corrupt form of fardingdeal.


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  • I have sought vainly for something interesting in the way of local colour, but can find nothing that even suggests the ingerence of a "fardingale" into the local history of

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • What with stomacher and pointed waist and fardingale, and sticking in here and sticking out there, and ruffs and cuffs and ouches and jewels and puckers, she looks like a hideous flying insect with expanded wings, seen through a microscope, -- not at all like a woman.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859

  • Dame Spikeman's ample fardingale swept the sides of the doorway as she turned to take a last look at her husband over her shoulder -- a look that contained as much of suspicion as of affection.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice A Historical Romance

  • He told her that he loved her better in that than in her costume of state -- the ruff, the fardingale, the brocaded petticoat, and all the rest -- in which he had seen her once last summer at Babington House.

    Come Rack! Come Rope!

  • The walls were not incumbered by the portraits of those grim ancestors who frowned in mail, or smiled in fardingale on the walls of the adjacent galleries.

    Theresa Marchmont or, the Maid of Honour

  • Hast aught plotting in the hem of thy purfle, or in thy holiday ruff and fardingale?

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Your wit and humour will be as much lost upon them, as if you talked the dialect of Chaucer; for with all the divinity of wit, it grows out of fashion like a fardingale.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • Above, the Castle Rock was invisible, but certainly cut strange beautiful shapes out of the mist; beneath it lay the Gardens, a moat of darkness, raising to the lighted street beyond terraces planted with rough autumn flowers that would now be close-curled balls curiously trimmed with dew, and grass that would make placid squelching noises under the feet; and at the end of the Gardens were the two Greek temples that held the town's pictures -- the Tiepolo, which shows Pharaoh's daughter walking in a fardingale of gold with the negro page to find a bambino Moses kicking in Venetian sunlight; the Raeburns, coarse and wholesome as a home-made loaf; the lent Whistler collection like a hive of butterflies.

    The Judge

  • I can hear their little feet pit-a-patting; and Dick would insist on putting on his new fine suit, all brave with Spanish point and ribbon velvet, and the boy has buckled on a sword, too, while the little puss, Cicely, not to be backward, is all a prop with a stiff petticoat and a brocaded fardingale, and has on her little silk cap with the pearls, just as I have heard the fashion is among the Queen's French ladies of honour.

    Fifty-Two Stories For Girls

  • "I heard him say he had forgotten to provide himself with a fardingale.

    The Cloister and the Hearth


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