A stiff, lightweight fabric, typically made of horsehair or a synthetic material, used to make the full, bell-shaped skirts of dresses and petticoats worn in the mid-19th century.
From french crinoline, from crin ("horsehair") + lin ("line.n")
- She wore a dress made of crinoline.
- The crinoline petticoat gave her skirt a full shape.
- Crinoline was a popular fabric in the 19th century.
- The crinoline dress was very popular in the 1850s and 60s.
- The crinoline was made of horsehair and was very itchy.