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[min-ee-skurt] /ˈmɪn iˌskɜrt/
a very short skirt or skirt part, as of a coat or dress, ending several inches above the knee.
Also called mini.
Origin of miniskirt
1960-65; mini(ature) + skirt
Related forms
miniskirted, adjective Unabridged
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  • The miniskirt emerged as the fashion of the hour in the fall shows of the couture houses here.
British Dictionary definitions for miniskirt


a very short skirt, originally in the 1960s one at least four inches above the knee Often shortened to mini
Derived Forms
miniskirted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for miniskirt

also mini-skirt, 1965, from mini- + skirt (n.); reputedly the invention of French fashion designer André Courrèges (b.1923).

"The miniskirt enables young ladies to run faster, and because of it, they may have to." [John V. Lindsay, "New York Times," Jan. 13, 1967]
Related: Miniskirted.

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