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hoop skirt

noun
1.
a woman's skirt made to stand out and drape in a stiff bell-like shape from the waist by an undergarment framework of flexible hoops connected by tapes.
2.
the framework for such a skirt.
Also called hoop.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
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Examples from the web for hoop skirt
  • The old hoop skirt was before our day, but corsets and bustles were worn.
  • The caged crinoline was also known as the hoop skirt because of the series of concentric hoops found in its earlier version.
Encyclopedia Article for hoop skirt

hoop petticoat

garment with a frame of whalebone or of wicker or osier basketwork. Reminiscent of the farthingale (q.v.), the petticoat was reintroduced in England and France around 1710 and remained in favour until 1780. The French name panier ("basket") was used for skirts distended at the sides rather than all the way around. They could be as wide as 18 feet (5 metres), and satirists talked of hoops 7 or 8 yards (6 or 7 metres) wide.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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