petticoat

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From petty +‎ coat.

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petticoat (plural petticoats)

  1. (historical) A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.
  2. (historical) A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.
  3. (archaic or historical) A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.
  4. A light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, and hanging either from the shoulders or (now especially) from the waist; a kind of slip, worn to make the skirt fuller, or for extra warmth.

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