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  • n. Plural form of farthingale.


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  • The Mexican work she chose to despise as savage; but the Spanish dresses were a treasure; and for two or three days she appeared on the quarter-deck, sunning herself like a peacock before the eyes of Amyas in Seville mantillas, Madrid hats, Indian brocade farthingales, and I know not how many other gewgaws, and dare not say how put on.

    Westward Ho!

  • But just as he was about to press forward and break through all, suddenly from among some trees two shepherdesses of surpassing beauty presented themselves to his sight — or at least damsels dressed like shepherdesses, save that their jerkins and sayas were of fine brocade; that is to say, the sayas were rich farthingales of gold embroidered tabby.

    Don Quixote

  • The chapel ceremony the following morning was lengthy, dignified, and crammed with guests in such a magnificence of silks and velvets and jewels, ruffs and farthingales, billowing sleeves and flowing mantles, that the congregation seemed to consist more of clothes than of people.


  • We had had to abandon our farthingales, but we did very well without.


  • Amid the spreading farthingales and swishing trains of the Paris ladies, and their bouffant sleeves and the shoulder puffs that rose up to their ears, I felt like a maidservant.


  • The stately _pavon_ had possession of the English court, with ruffs and farthingales, in the reign of Elizabeth.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

  • Clothing was absurd and ran to extreme sizes of ruffs, farthingales, and breeches, or to gaudy colors and jewels.

    The Facts About Shakespeare

  • Music to soothe! the idea is obsolete, buried with the ruffs and farthingales of our great-grandmothers; or, to speak more soberly, with the powdered wigs and hoops of their daughters.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

  • The pageant of the Middle Ages, when hose were hose and covered the whole leg, and jagged sleeves hung down beside them; Elizabeth's ladies with their rigid busks and farthingales; Georgian beauties in flowered paduasoy; the high breasts and flowing draperies of the Regency; and, best of all, the "little milliner," without whose aid, it seems, no scion of the Victorian aristocracy could sow his first wild oats.

    Try Anything Twice

  • They turned over a variety of crinolines, farthingales, bustles and wigs, laying on one side the articles of silver, bronze and porcelain -- for the Tartars were coming after dinner.

    Tales of the Wilderness


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