Definition of crinoline in English:



  • 1A stiffened or hooped petticoat worn to make a long skirt stand out.

    • ‘The piece may surprise those who associate opera with fat divas in crinolines.’
    • ‘She would wear crinolines at parties, and would wear pretty white dresses bedecked with pretty pastel coloured ribbons.’
    • ‘She also sings rather well, with a husky, sensual tone hinting at a passion lurking under all those crinolines.’
    • ‘There are groups with jolly ladies-in-waiting in colorful crinolines attended by adoring cavaliers, as well as court jesters.’
    • ‘It also looks at crinolines (more inconvenient than painful and dangerous - although they did have a tendency to catch fire) and bustles.’
    • ‘By 1863 he found that his little oils of ladies in their crinolines strolling along the beach were becoming popular with Trouville's tourist population, and he worked largely in Trouville until the early 1870s.’
    • ‘She also sells pointed boots, tight black trews, crinolines, and hooped corsets along with jewellery and accessories hinting at pagan and alternative sub-cultures.’
    • ‘At the National Theatre, completed in the 1970s, the dressing rooms are so minute that actresses wearing period costumes with crinolines find it easier to dress in the corridor.’
    • ‘At that time, a film in which adulterers are the protagonists must have ruffled some crinolines.’
    • ‘Dressed in a floral skirt with bountiful crinolines, her blonde pageboy hairdo petrified with product, she looks like someone desperately trying to pass as a perfect '50s housewife.’
    • ‘It is always interesting to watch old movies and see women who clean houses in silk dresses and crinolines.’
    • ‘Among many other initiatives, within months she had installed windlass lifts for the food, banned the dirt-carrying crinolines worn by the nursing staff, piped hot water and cut up worn chair covers for dishcloths.’
    • ‘Buy my latest ebook and learn how to recognise changes between Paniers, crinolines, bustles, bras and corsets and the affect this has on the outer silhouette of female costume.’
    • ‘And just like on that June morning 150 years ago, Charlotte paraded from her home, down cobbled School Street into the church, where the congregation had swapped jeans and sweatshirts for Victorian crinolines and tail coats.’
    • ‘Sharp metal splinters from old farm contraptions clawed at their clothes and crinolines stacked like fish traps.’
    • ‘However, when fashion decreed crinolines, bustles, and fussy late-Victorian frills and flounces, Australia tried to follow.’
    • ‘Maddeningly, her beautiful new State Ballroom, designed for the sedate line dances of a century earlier, was far too narrow for crinolines and whirling couples.’
    • ‘The evolution of fashion away from coattails for men and billowing crinolines for women put pockets nearer the body and less pickable.’
    • ‘The skirt actually had a crinoline under it, and it rustled when I moved.’
    • ‘Everything in the shop is handpicked vintage couture, collector pieces (like a variety of crinolines, ball gowns, glittery jeweled handbags, rare footwear), and different genres and styles of kitsch fashion.’
  • 2mass noun A stiff fabric made of horsehair and cotton or linen thread, used for stiffening petticoats or as a lining.

    • ‘The Queen was dressed in a beautiful blue crinoline evening gown, with long white evening gloves.’
    • ‘The black tulle crinoline is classic mourning dress.’
    • ‘Antonia frankly refused to wear crinoline dresses in the daytime so her mother took advantage of this and choose delicate empire-waisted dresses for her.’
    • ‘Spools of thread, ribbons, and crinolines were on hand.’
    • ‘Petticoat tails are Scottish shortbread biscuits, baked in a round, with a characteristic shape resembling that of an outspread bell-hoop crinoline petticoat.’
    • ‘The most logical conclusion was that today's version was cross-dressing, wearing a strange hodgepodge of crinoline, fishnet, and pleather that was too ghastly to properly behold.’
    • ‘A slightly flushed girl wearing a large white crinoline dress bedecked with small pale pink ribbons and a wide pale pink sash around her waist.’
    • ‘Laughing Katie pulled out a bell shaped cage made of thin bendable wood while Krystal pulled out a slip of several layers of stiff crinoline.’
    • ‘She adored going to her dressmakers and ordering huge flounced crinoline ball gowns for her daughters.’
    • ‘The heroine is supposed to be a priestess of erotic love wrapped in late Victorian crinoline.’
    • ‘By 1849 the discreet euphemism ‘dress-improver’ was in use, and by 1853 bustles were being made with rolls of crinoline (a mixture of horsehair and linen).’
    • ‘The bodice was in shantung satin and the skirt was in tulle & crinoline with lining.’
    • ‘And she made me this wonderful red dress that had about 1,000 miles of crinoline ruffles on it.’
    • ‘For the skirt, cut the plaid fabric, the lining, and a layer of crinoline about 11/2 times the width of the top piece.’
    • ‘They built a corset for me and added crinoline and flounces, and no one was the wiser - until the footbridge scene, the only love scene in the film.’
    • ‘Pants aren't in evidence in this production - it's more about gargantuan shoulder pads and crinoline dresses.’
    • ‘She glimpsed crinoline out of the corner of her eye, and smelled musk and whalebone.’
    • ‘I dressed in a short white crinoline dress over a frilly white slip.’
    • ‘Every surface was covered with satin, velvet, crinoline and net.’
    • ‘Royal couturier Norman Hartnell's crinoline and lace creations captured the imagination of the international press in the pre-war period and became the hallmark of the late Queen Mother's style.’


Mid 19th century (originally in crinoline (sense 2), early crinolines being made of such material): from French, formed irregularly from Latin crinis ‘hair’ + linum ‘thread’.