ban·​deau | \ ban-ˈdō How to pronounce bandeau (audio) \
plural bandeaux also bandeaus\ ban-​ˈdōz How to pronounce bandeaus (audio) \

Definition of bandeau

1 : a fillet or band especially for the hair
2 : brassiere also : a band-shaped covering for the breasts

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The erotically inclined Agent Provocateur has a semitransparent bralette bandeau. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "The Bralette Is Back. This Time Blouses Are Optional.," 31 July 2019 Irma’s silhouettes are powerful, yet boast a cheeky ’80s flair: Underwear is pulled up high above the hip bones, while bras range from flexible-wired versions with spaghetti straps to a more full-coverage sporty bandeau style. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 For women, there were super wide elephant pants that could be worn with ruched bandeau tops, perhaps layered with a sheer tunic. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 Ironically trading her white on-screen gown for a black bandeau bathing suit top and sleek matching shades, the 37-year-old star took to Instagram to share a new sunbathing snap while lying on a pink lounge chair. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Vanessa Ray Posted a Stunning Bikini Pic During the Show's Hiatus," 8 June 2019 The same cannot be said for tops: With so many different cuts—triangle, bandeau, halter, underwire, tankini—achieving the perfect fit requires a little more experimentation, trial and error, and even some expert advice. Glamour, "The Best Swimsuits for Small Busts," 24 May 2019 Kylie Jenner wore a gold sparkly bandeau and floor-length skirt to Kourtney Kardashian's 40th birthday party last night. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Sexy Gold Two-Piece Look to Kourtney Kardashian's Birthday," 19 Apr. 2019 The Queen ultimately loaned Meghan a diamond bandeau tiara, that was made in England in 1932. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Helped Meghan Markle Choose Her Wedding Tiara with the Queen," 26 Oct. 2018 So what made Queen Mary's 1932 diamond bandeau tiara the one for Meghan? Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reveals How She Chose Her 'Perfect' Wedding Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bandeau

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bandeau

French, diminutive of bande

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