AskDefine Define girdle Printer Friendly. Etymology Old English gyrdel. Noun That which girds , encircles , or encloses ; a circumference A belt ; especially, a belt, sash , or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery. The zodiac ; also, the equator. The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond , at which it is grasped by the setting. A thin bed or stratum of stone.
Here in Florida, we identify. He piled on the praise while I plunked down platefuls of food in front of him every few hours. My urgency to cook as much food in the freezer as possible before the power went out resulted in the feasting, which began with baked manicotti while Irma was still in the Caribbean, days away from North Florida. At one point, pork chops and chicken were baking in the oven while country ribs simmered in a crockpot.
Like the girdles that came before them, pantyhose could become a thing of the past. Even for summer revival services—in the days before air conditioning, no less—she would wrestle on that girdle with the little attached clips that held up her nylons. Senior ladies would often forego the girdle and use little elastic bands to hold their stockings up. They got to sweat in all that synthetic fabric.
Next on my diminishing list is the subject of Clothes and Fashion and we need a bit of a background summary first. In the post-war situation of austerity people were relatively poor and choice of clothing was quite limited. It was more a matter of buying clothes than anything to do with fashion. Of course there was fashion and it may have appeared in the news and the newspapers but it was for the rich. Remember that my blogs are mostly sweeping generalizations about my upbringing.