[pin-uh-fawr, -fohr] /ˈpɪn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/

a child’s apron, usually large enough to cover the dress and sometimes trimmed with flounces.
a woman’s sleeveless garment derived from it, low-necked, tying or buttoning in the back, and worn as an apron or as a dress, usually over a blouse, a sweater, or another dress.
Chiefly British.

(mainly Brit) an apron, esp one with a bib
(mainly Brit) short for pinafore dress
(mainly US) an overdress buttoning at the back

“sleeveless apron worn by children,” 1782, from pin (v.) + afore “on the front.” So called because it was originally pinned to a dress front.


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