From pin + afore. The pinafore was originally pinned to the front of a dress, as it had no buttons.
- enPR: pĭʹnu̇fôrʺ, IPA(key): /ˈpɪ.nəˌfɔɹ/
- Hyphenation: PIH‧nuh‧for
pinafore (plural pinafores)
- A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes. Most often worn by young girls as an overdress.
1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 55:
The starched pinafore with the wide frills on each shoulder, which she always wore over her grey frock, was removed, and the frock itself changed for her best navy blue serge.
1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 84:
The old man heaved himself from the chair, seized Jessamy by her pinafore frill and marched her to the house.