Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sleeveless garment similar to an apron, worn especially by small girls as a dress or an overdress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes. Most often worn by young girls as an overdress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apron for a child to protect the front part of dress; a tier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of apron worn by children to protect the front part of their dress; a child's apron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing

Etymologies

pin + afore (so called because formerly pinned to the front of the dress).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pin +‎ afore. The pinafore was originally pinned to the front of a dress, as it had no buttons. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The dress is silk dupioni and the pinafore is a fine batiste with french lace insertion and embroidery.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • For those ladies outside of the US, the 'Jumper' is more commonly referred to as a pinafore - most often a garment worn by schoolgirls (hence its virtual non-use by adult women).

    The Deconstruction of Women's Clothing

  • I can call my pinafore to testify to my good will in the work, for in ten minutes it was reduced to a perambulating bill of fare, presenting samples of all the refreshments going or gone.

    "A Day" from Hospital Sketches and Camp Fireside Stories

  • Their clothing was certainly simple enough, each and all wearing only a kind of pinafore or smock frock reaching from the neck to the ankle and made of very coarse osnaburg, but kept as clean and whole as the nature of their employment allowed.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • Bertrand and Geraldine lowly on buffets, while Hilary was perched on the top of a huge packing chest, enveloped in a pink "pinafore," and looking all the prettier because her brown hair was ruffled a little out of its usual immaculate order.

    Sisters Three

  • We wear only modest feminine dresses and usually pinafore style aprons.

    Learning to Be a Home Keeper

  • Kit held up the black seersucker halter dress with white dots for herself and the black lace cotton pinafore for Fancy.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • The crowd parted, gliding away from Fancy as if on rollers, until she stood alone, her pinafore fluttering in the warm breeze.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • Under the shadows of my bonnet and pinafore, I could do nothing else but nod.

    Blackbird Pie « A Fly in Amber

  • For me, this became more than a theoretical question when I fell in love with a very simple Nanette Lepore dress it's black Italian lace, with a hot pink pinafore under it, and I have added a wide black patent leather belt.

    Arianna Huffington: My Favorite Black Dress: Love Story or Cautionary Tale?

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  • I have experience in matters similar
    I can’t juggle I can’t knit a pinafore
    But I’ll listen to your tale and give you some advice.


    (The psychiatrist is in, by God Help the Girl)

    October 20, 2009