from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A petticoat stiffened and expanded by means of hoops of ratan, whalebone, or steel. Also hoop-petticoat.


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  • A tutorial video aimed at brides, or maybe wedding planners on the mechanics of wearing a hoop-skirt.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • She wore a short, girlish dress that came to a little below her shoe-tops, a pale-figured lavender and white silk, with a fluffy hoop-skirt of dainty laced-edged ruffles, against which tiny bows of lavender stood out in odd places.

    The Financier

  • All of the clothing dated to the last century at least, from the era of the bustle and the hoop-skirt, and had been thriftily packed away, with springs of lavender so old it crumbled when she touched it.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • Margery Lee, and she was just as Sally Carrol had known she would be, with a young, white brow, and wide welcoming eyes, and a hoop-skirt of some soft material that was quite comforting to rest on.

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • I was ushered upstairs and told to put on a black wig and hoop-skirt—the Colonial look, to be sure, and an attempt to replicate the fashions worn by Dolley Madison.

    Living History

  • You will observe that under the head of crinoline and hoop-skirt periods, there are a variety of outlines, markedly different.

    Woman as Decoration

  • This load she had carried suspended from her waist and concealed under the large hoop-skirt then worn by ladies.

    The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson

  • We have raked the ash-heap of failure in the State and found an old human hoop-skirt who has failed as a business man, who has failed as an editor, who has failed as a preacher, and we are going to run him for Congressman-at-large ....

    The United States Since the Civil War

  • Pupasse could not have come within three feet of the wall with her hoop-skirt distended.

    Balcony Stories

  • It was her hoop-skirt that best testified to her height.

    Balcony Stories


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