pin afore

pinafore

[pin-uh-fawr, -fohr]
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.
a.
a large apron worn by adults.
b.
a sleeveless smock.

Origin:
1775–85; pin + afore

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pinafore (ˈpɪnəˌfɔː)
 
n
1.  chiefly (Brit) an apron, esp one with a bib
2.  chiefly (Brit) short for pinafore dress
3.  chiefly (US) an overdress buttoning at the back
 
[C18: from pin + afore]

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pinafore
"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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