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braless adjective

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The brand long thrived with images of busty supermodels and padded bras retailing at prices topping $50, but competitors have moved in with cheaper options and more-natural styles. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Retail Report Card for 2018: From Walmart to Tiffany’s," 29 Dec. 2018 Jenna Dewan x Danskin, which launched today, features a total of 30 items, including sports bras, leggings, bodysuits, crop tops, hoodies, joggers, jumpsuits, and, yes, leotards. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Designed the Athleisure Collection We Deserve," 15 Nov. 2018 The Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency said Tibbetts was last seen around 5:30 p.m. near Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, wearing a black sports bra, gym shorts and running sneakers, according to Local 5. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Cops search hog farm for missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts as officials rule out potential suspects," 27 July 2018 Wash your bra every three or four wears instead as a happy medium. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Normal Are Your Hygiene Habits?," 25 July 2018 Busted's selection of bras from across the globe has changed this. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Busted Bra Shop founder helps women find right fit in Detroit, Chicago," 26 June 2018 After Niko shimmies into a red dress, Gvatua needs to strap him into the studded bra. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 At the top, Visich insisted on taking a picture where, despite the altitude and snow, the men stripped to the waist, and the women wore bright sports bras. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 Hook the clasp and then put the bra in a mesh garment bag. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Gross Are Your Laundry Habits?," 21 Sep. 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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a servile follower or underling

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