1. A woman’s light, loose undergarment hanging from the shoulders or the waist, worn under a skirt or dress.

“Nor herself time to take off her petticoat, and considering she had begun undressing before she saw him on the porch, that her shoes and stockings were already in her hand and she had never put them back on; that he had looked at her wet bare feet and asked to join her; that when she rose to cook he had undressed her further; considering how quickly they had started getting naked, you’d think by now they would be. But maybe a man was nothing but a man, which is what Baby Suggs always said. ” (Morrison, pg 13, PDF) – Beloved

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