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pinafore

[pin-uh-fawr, -fohr] /ˈpɪn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/
noun
1.
a child's apron, usually large enough to cover the dress and sometimes trimmed with flounces.
2.
a woman's sleeveless garment derived from it, low-necked, tying or buttoning in the back, and worn as an apron or as a dress, usually over a blouse, a sweater, or another dress.
3.
Chiefly British.
  1. a large apron worn by adults.
  2. a sleeveless smock.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; pin + afore
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British Dictionary definitions for pinafore

pinafore

/ˈpɪnəˌfɔː/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an apron, esp one with a bib
2.
(mainly Brit) short for pinafore dress
3.
(mainly US) an overdress buttoning at the back
Word Origin
C18: from pin + afore
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Word Origin and History for pinafore
n.

"sleeveless apron worn by children," 1782, from pin (v.) + afore "on the front." So called because it was originally pinned to a dress front.

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