from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman's cloak, formerly worn in full dress, for receptions, etc. The word is confined to fashion papers.
  • n. The old French name of the violin or treble viol. See dessus.


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  • They don't write sentences like this any more:

    "Noticing that her pardessus was bespattered with mud, he seemed to be much vexed, and the exquisitely-elegant gentleman (l'homme de toutes les elegances) began to rub off with his small, white hands the stains which on any other person would have caused him disgust."

    January 22, 2016