- (British) IPA: /ˈpɛtɪkəʊt/
petticoat (plural petticoats)
- (historical) A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.
- (historical) A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.
- (historical) A fisherman's loose canvas or oilcloth skirt.
- (archaic or historical) A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.
- 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.
- (slang) A woman.
- (historical) A bell-mouthed piece over the exhaust nozzles in the smokebox of a locomotive, strengthening and equalising the draught through the boiler-tubes.
- French: cotillon
- German: Petticoat
- Italian: sottogonna
- French: jupon, combinaison
- German: Unterrock, Petticoat
- Italian: sottoveste
- Portuguese: anágua
- Russian: ни́жняя ю́бка
- Spanish: enaguas , combinación (Colombian Atlantic Coast), fondo (Mexico, Venezuela), fustán (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua), peticote (Panama), sayuela (Cuba)
petticoat (petticoats, present participle petticoating; past and past participle petticoated)
- (transitive) To dress in a petticoat.
petticoat (not comparable)
- (dated) Feminine; female; involving a woman.
- petticoat influence
- a petticoat affair