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Topic: CLOTHES

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: pin + afore 'in front' ( AFOREMENTIONED)

pinafore

noun
     
pin‧a‧fore [countable]
1 also pinafore dress British EnglishDCC a dress that does not cover your arms and under which you wear a shirt or blouse [= jumper American English]
2DCC also pinny British English informal a loose piece of clothing that does not cover your arms, worn over your clothes to keep them clean
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