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Answer for the clue "A piece of starched cloth covering the shoulders of a nun's habit", 6 letters:
guimpe

Alternative clues for the word guimpe

A short blouse with sleeves worn under a jumper or pinafore dress

Word definitions for guimpe in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Guimpe \Guimpe\, n. [F. See 2d Gimp .] A kind of short blouse or chemisette, worn under a low-necked dress such as a jumper or pinafore. [WordNet sense 2] a piece of starched cloth covering the shoulders of a nun's habit. [WordNet sense 1]

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 gimp; a narrow flat braid or reinforced cord of fabric used for ornamental trimming. 2 A kind of short, high-necked blouse with sleeves of the late http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian%20era, designed to be worn under a low-cut dress, jumper, or...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a piece of starched cloth covering the shoulders of a nun's habit a short blouse with sleeves that is worn under a jumper or pinafore dress

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
The guimpe (from the French guimpe) was a garment which developed in medieval Western Europe . It was a linen cloth, often starched, which covered the neck and shoulders of the wearer, sometimes the entire chest as well. It was worn as part of the garb...

Usage examples of guimpe.

She caught up the money and the note, thrust them into her guimpe, locked the case, and ran to the road.

Whatever she got for that must be made with a guimpe that could be taken out to make it a little more festive for the ball.

It may be worn with a white guimpe as a change from the blue silk one that goes with it.

Veronique was expecting him, dressed in her blue silk gown and muslin guimpe, over which fell a collaret made of lawn with a deep hem.

A robe of serge with large sleeves, a large woollen veil, the guimpe which mounts to the chin cut square on the breast, the band which descends over their brow to their eyes,-- this is their dress.