One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sleeveless apron-like garment worn over a young girl's dress, typically having ties or buttons at the back.
- 1.1 A woman's loose sleeveless garment, typically full length and worn over clothes to keep them clean.
- 1.2British A collarless sleeveless dress worn over a blouse or sweater; a jumper.
Late 18th century: from pin + afore (because the term originally denoted an apron with a bib pinned on the front of a dress).
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