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braless adjective

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The company makes products for men and women including boxers, briefs, bras, underwear, lingerie, nightwear, socks, swimsuits and accessories. Austen Erblat,, "Italian lingerie maker Intimissimi opens at Town Center mall in Boca Raton," 13 July 2018 Lane Bryant Lane Bryant's deals are all about what's underneath: Buy two bras, get two free on select styles, plus select underwear styles can be purchased at five for $29. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "All the 4th of July Sales Worth Shopping This Year," 3 July 2018 This Cosabella sale-on-sale is no exception, where a slew of already-on-sale bras, panties, PJs, robes, camisoles, and tank dresses are an extra 25 percent off at Orchard Mile. The Editors, The Strategist, "There’s Another Sale on Top of These Already-on-Sale Cosabella Underthings," 18 June 2018 Despite the popular story, there was no mass burning of bras among second-wave feminists. Constance Grady, Vox, "The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained," 1 June 2018 But for women who don't need a closet full of gadget-laden bras, and a phone clogged with apps, this addition to one of the nation's most popular fitness tech brands could be a seamless way to keep track of their health. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Ladies, you can now track your periods on your Fitbit," 31 May 2018 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 The bras in the latest incident were taken at about noon Tuesday from the store in Eastridge Mall, according to a police report. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "The underwear here keeps disappearing. It's been happening for years.," 20 June 2018 From her fire-red Illesteva sunglasses to her pale blue Lady Dior handbag to her neon bra peeking out from beneath her shirt, Beyoncé kept things exciting from head to toe. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Has Found Summer’s Perfect Cut-Offs," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of bra

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bra was in 1933

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English Language Learners Definition of bra

: a piece of clothing that is worn by women under other clothes to cover and support the breasts


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Kids Definition of bra

: a woman's undergarment for breast support

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