early 15c., pety coote, lit. “a small coat,” from petty and coat (n.). 
Originally a padded coat worn by men under armor, 
applied mid-15c. to a garment worn by women and young children.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I too love your new header photo. I've always thought of petticoat as a woman's garment or the first name of a TV show from years ago…Petticoat Junction. Boy I'm old!

  2. Maureen says:

    I so enjoy your pokes into word derivations.Stunning image!

  3. Melissa says:

    begins in delight, ends in wisdom… as do you <3 good morning…reading this re zee petticoat, my first image was a can-can with knights, it made me laugh though – enjoy your day!

  4. Interesting–I always associate it with the woman's garment.Your header is stunning. To me, it looks like the one in front is 'center stage' and the others are clustered around enjoying 'the show'. Love the Frost quote. :)

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