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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahr-th ing-geyl]
    • /ˈfɑr ðɪŋˌgeɪl/
    • /ˈfɑː.ðɪŋ.ˌɡel/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahr-th ing-geyl]
    • /ˈfɑr ðɪŋˌgeɪl/

Definitions of farthingale word

  • noun farthingale a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman's skirt, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries. 1
  • noun farthingale A hooped petticoat or circular pad of fabric around the hips, formerly worn under women’s skirts to extend and shape them. 1
  • noun farthingale a hoop or framework worn under skirts, esp in the Elizabethan period, to shape and spread them 0
  • noun farthingale a hoop, openwork frame, or circular pad worn under the skirt, about the hips, by women in the 16th and 17th cent. 0
  • noun farthingale the skirt or petticoat worn over this 0
  • noun farthingale (now historical) A hooped structure in cloth worn to extend the skirt of women's dresses; a hooped petticoat. 0

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Origin of farthingale

First appearance:

before 1545
One of the 30% oldest English words
1545-55; earlier verdynggale < Middle French verdugale, alteration of Old Spanish verdugado, equivalent to verdug(o) tree-shoot, rod (verd(e) green (< Latin viridis) + -ugo noun suffix) + -ado -ade1; so called from rod used to extend skirt

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farthingale popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

farthingale usage trend in Literature

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