One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Fashion. On a garment: a style or cut using vertical panels shaped and seamed so as to follow the outline of the figure.
2On a gemstone: a square, multifaceted cut.
1Fashion. = "princess".
2Of or designating a gemstone, especially a diamond, with a multifaceted square cut.
Late 19th century. From princess + cut<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From princess + cut.
princess cut/ˈprɪnsɛs ˌkʌt/
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