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ulster

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:35 pm
by biagio
In a Patricia Cornwell's book I've found the word "ulster" obviously referred to a piece of clothing women used to wear in the Nineteenth century.
Since I couldn't find it in any of my dictionaries, here I am asking for its precise meaning. In other words, what was an "ulster"?
Can anybody help me?

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:05 pm
by Scoob94P
I did a quick search for you and i got the results 'a long, loose overcoat made of rough material'

:?

i hope that helps :)

Edit: I found a picture too: http://www.agelesspatterns.com/images/1251.GIF

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:31 pm
by Chris Corbyn
I'm English and I had never heard of this word in reference to clothing :) It's certainly not a word used in modern English (unless talking about the place... Northern Ireland also = Ulster).

Re: ulster

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:20 am
by Roby
biagio wrote:In a Patricia Cornwell's book I've found the word "ulster" obviously referred to a piece of clothing women used to wear in the Nineteenth century.
Since I couldn't find it in any of my dictionaries, here I am asking for its precise meaning. In other words, what was an "ulster"?
Can anybody help me?
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ulster

: a long loose overcoat of Irish origin made of heavy material (as frieze)