One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A part of a woman's dress resembling an apron.
- ‘The basque and tablier of this dress were of royal blue plush and the draped demi-train was of moiré of the same tint.’
- ‘The train was of stiff white brocade, in antique pattern, with a pearl-embroidered eau-de-vie satin tablier.’
- ‘The satin tablier in front was gracefully draped with white tucked Brussels net, and the corsage was made high to the throat and ruched at the neck.’
Mid 19th century: from French, based on Latin tabula (see table).
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