Definition of bikini
1a : a woman's scanty two-piece bathing suitb : a man's brief swimsuit
2 : a man's or woman's low-cut briefs
bikiniedplay or less commonly
Recent Examples of bikini from the Web
One shows a woman in a bikini sitting comfortably in a chair apparently suspended from the sphere’s roof, gazing out at the skyline view with a dog chilling at her feet.
A thoughtful swimsuit fit with plenty of support can go a long way in calming beach anxiety, especially for bikini wearers.
Thorne opted for an animal print bikini top and pale pink bottoms for the sunbathing session, and the two were also joined by the actress’ sister Dani, 24.
The bottoms are a pretty traditional bikini-cut, with small metal details on the sides to add a little oomph.
Classic trousers in a summer-ready Nantucket red make for an unexpected pairing with a classic triangle bikini—finished with giant hoops.
The range includes triangle and bandeau bikinis rendered in bold, colorful prints and also beaded designs.
In a bold and risky move, Paramount and Skydance decided to make the film adaptation of the classic television show R-rated, with as many F-bombs as bikinis.
They were accompanied by Cookie Wolf, a dancer in a black bikini wearing a Darth Vader mask and waving translucent clear plastic wings attached to both arms.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of bikini
French, from Bikini, atoll of the Marshall Islands
First Known Use: 1947See Words from the same year
BIKINI Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bikini for English Language Learners
: 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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