noun (C)
1 especially BrE a piece of women's underwear that hangs from your shoulders or waist; slip 2 (6)
2 a long skirt that was worn under a skirt or dress by women in the past

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  • Petticoat — Pet ti*coat, n. (Zo[ o]l.) [Petty + coat.] A loose under garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist. [1913 Webster] {Petticoat government}, government by women, whether in politics or domestic affairs. [Colloq.] {Petticoat pipe} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Petticoat — Sm weiter, versteifter Unterrock erw. obs. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. petticoat (eigentlich kleiner Rock ), einer Zusammensetzung aus me. pety klein (aus frz. petit klein ) und me. coote Umhang, Mantel (aus afrz. cote, das wohl… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • petticoat — [pet′ē kōt΄, pet′ikōt΄] n. [ME petycote: see PETTY & COAT] 1. a skirt, now esp. an underskirt often trimmed at the hemline as with lace or ruffles, worn by women and girls 2. something resembling a petticoat 3. [Old Informal] a woman or girl adj …   English World dictionary

  • Petticoat — Petticoat: Die Bezeichnung für den versteiften, weiten Unterrock wurde in der 2. Hälfte des 20. Jh.s aus dem Engl. übernommen. Engl. petticoat steht für älteres petty coat und bedeutet demnach wörtlich »kleiner Rock«. Bestimmungswort ist engl.… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • petticoat — ► NOUN 1) a woman s light, loose undergarment in the form of a skirt or dress. 2) (before another noun ) informal, often derogatory associated with women: petticoat government. ORIGIN from obsolete petty coat «small coat» …   English terms dictionary

  • Petticoat — Petticoat,der:⇨Unterrock …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • petticoat — early 15c., pety coote, lit. a small coat, from PETTY (Cf. petty) + COAT (Cf. coat) (n.). Originally a padded coat worn by men under armor, applied mid 15c. to a garment worn by women and young children. By 1590s, the typical feminine garment,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Petticoat — A petticoat or underskirt is an article of clothing for women; specifically an undergarment to be worn under a skirt, dress or sari. The petticoat is a separate garment hanging from the waist (unlike the chemise). *In historical contexts… …   Wikipedia

  • Petticoat — Petticoats beim Square Dance Ein Petticoat (Französisch „petit“ = klein und Englisch „coat“ = Umhang, Mantel) ist ein bauschig weiter Unterrock aus versteiften Perlon und Nylon Stoffen mit rüschen und spitzenverzierten Stufen, der in den 1950er… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • petticoat — petticoatless, adj. /pet ee koht /, n. 1. Also called pettiskirt. an underskirt, esp. one that is full and often trimmed and ruffled and of a decorative fabric. 2. any skirtlike part or covering. 3. a flounce or valance fitting around the sides… …   Universalium

  • petticoat —    dominated by a female    For the Victorians a petticoat was a female, without expressly sexual overtones:     I can safely say here there is not a petticoat in the whole history. (Haggard, 1885)    It is not necessary to dilate further to… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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