bikini

noun
bi·ki·ni | \bə-ˈkē-nē \

Definition of bikini 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a woman's scanty two-piece bathing suit

b : a man's brief swimsuit

2 : a man's or woman's low-cut briefs

Bikini

geographical name
Bi·ki·ni | \bi-ˈkē-nē \

Definition of Bikini (Entry 2 of 2)

island (atoll) of the Marshall Islands

Note: Bikini was the site of U.S. atomic bomb tests in 1946 and hydrogen bomb tests in 1954 and 1956.

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Other Words from bikini

Noun

bikinied or less commonly bikini'd \bə-ˈkē-nēd \ adjective

Geographical name

Bikinian \bi-ˈkē-nē-ən \ noun

Did You Know?

In July 1946, a US Army–Navy task force detonated two thermonuclear bombs at Bikini, an atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and the event dominated news around the world. A French designer, Jacques Heim, used the occasion to introduce a skimpy two-piece bathing suit dubbed l’atome, “the atom.” Another designer, Louis Réard, followed it up with an even smaller suit for which he registered the name bikini. It was first modeled by dancer Micheline Bernardini at a Paris fashion show on July 5. There is no solid evidence for why he gave this name to the suit, but it has since become an international word.

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Vergara also shared a hilarious present-day picture of her pup wearing a polka dot bikini. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Sofia Vergara shares bikini photo from the '90s," 7 July 2018 True Thompson back in April 2018, which is one of the reasons fans are enthusiastically applauding her bikini photo. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Says Her Post-Baby Bikini Body Photo Is Thanks to Good Angles," 4 July 2018 Getty Images Unlike her sisters, Kendall Jenner rarely posts bikini photos on Instagram. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner's Yellow Bikini Is So Affordable, It'll Be Your Summer Go-To," 25 June 2018 Tokar took a walk down memory lane recently and shared two bikini photos on Instagram: one of her at 27 and the other at 42, her current age. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This Woman’s Bikini Transformation Captures Why She Looks and Feels Better at 42 Than She Did at 27," 14 May 2018 On Watch What Happens Live, the couple responded to a viewer who called in to ask about that bikini photo. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "What Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Thought of Those Instagram Bikini-Shamers," 26 Apr. 2018 On Saturday, Kardashian West posted a photo of herself wearing a bikini while lying on the beach during her recent vacation to Turks and Caicos. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Got Body-Shamed for Her "Popcorn Kernel" Toenails by Internet Trolls," 17 Apr. 2018 In her March 31st post, the social media star shared two bikini photos of herself. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Amelia Gray Opens Up About Having an Eating Disorder," 1 Apr. 2018 The video shows a woman wearing a dark-colored bikini riding the horse through the crowd. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "A bikini-clad woman rode a horse into a Miami nightclub. Now the hotspot is shut down," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bikini

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bikini

Noun

French, from Bikini, atoll of the Marshall Islands

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bikini

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bikini

: a piece of clothing in two parts that a girl or woman wears for swimming or for lying in the sun and that does not cover much of the body

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