Piccadilly

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Pickadilly Hall, a house belonging to tailor Robert Baker, from piccadilly (a product in which he specialized), a form of piccadill (a type of lace collar), possibly from conjectured Spanish *picadillo, from picado (punctured, pierced); compare 17th century Spanish picadura (a similar lace collar).

Piccadilly attested from 1743; previously the area was called Portugal, and the street Portugal Street (1692), after Catherine of Braganza.

Proper noun[edit]

Piccadilly

  1. Piccadilly, a street running from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus
  2. the surrounding area
  3. The Piccadilly Line of the London Underground, originally known as the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway.