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farthingale

[fahr-th ing-geyl] /ˈfɑr ðɪŋˌgeɪl/
noun
1.
a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman's skirt, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; earlier verdynggale < Middle French verdugale, alteration of Old Spanish verdugado, equivalent to verdug(o) tree-shoot, rod (verd(e) green (< Latin viridis) + -ugo noun suffix) + -ado -ade1; so called from rod used to extend skirt
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British Dictionary definitions for farthingale

farthingale

/ˈfɑːðɪŋˌɡeɪl/
noun
1.
a hoop or framework worn under skirts, esp in the Elizabethan period, to shape and spread them
Word Origin
C16: from French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo rod
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Word Origin and History for farthingale
n.

1550s, from Middle French verdugale, from Spanish verdugado "hooped, hooped skirt," from verdugo "rod, stick, young shoot of a tree," from verde "green," from Latin viridis (see verdure). Originally made from cane hoops or rods.

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Encyclopedia Article for farthingale

underskirt expanded by a series of circular hoops that increase in diameter from the waist down to the hem and are sewn into the underskirt to make it rigid. The fashion spread from Spain to the rest of Europe from 1545 onward. The frame could be made of whalebone, wood, or wire. The shape was first domed, coned, or bell-like; later it became more like a tub or drum. The fashion persisted in most European courts until 1620, with variations such as the French farthingale-which descended from a round padded bolster-and the Italian, or wheel, farthingale-which tilted upward at the back.

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