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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪnəfɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪnəfɔːr//
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  1. 1(also pinafore dress) (both especially British English) (usually North American English jumper) a loose dress with no sleeves, usually worn over a blouse or sweater See related entries: Clothes
  2. 2(old-fashioned) (informal pinny) (both British English) a long loose piece of clothing without sleeves, worn by women over the front of their clothes to keep them clean, for example when cooking compare apron See related entries: Clothes
  3. 3a loose piece of clothing like a dress without sleeves, worn by children over their clothes to keep them clean, or by young girls over a dress See related entries: Clothes
  4. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from pin + afore ‘before’ (because the term originally denoted an apron with a bib pinned on the front of a dress).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pinafore