Definition of bertha in English:



  • A deep collar, typically made of lace, attached to the top of a dress that has a low neckline.

    • ‘By Thursday I will assess my progress, and I might make a bertha collar (with lace trim) to dress up an existing calico dress.’
    • ‘She is wearing her original dainty lawn dress with lace edged bertha collar, pigeon breast front and matched underwear.’
    • ‘If you like a perky touch, try a butterfly bow at the joining of your bertha collar in the front.’
    • ‘The infant is wearing a full, long sleeved, white dress with a pleated yoke, and a ruffled bertha collar.’
    • ‘The ivory dress has applied embroidery over ivory satin with leg of mutton sleeves and a Bertha collar.’
    neckband, choker
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Mid 19th century: from the given name Bertha.