Definition of farthingale noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

farthingale

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðɪŋɡeɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːrðɪŋɡeɪl//
 
 
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in the past, a thick piece of material or set of large rings worn under a woman’s skirt to give it a wide round shape Word Origin early 16th cent. (formerly also as vardingale): from French verdugale, alteration of Spanish verdugado, from verdugo ‘rod, stick’, from verde ‘green’.
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