brassiere

noun
bras·​siere | \ brə-ˈzir How to pronounce brassiere (audio) also ˌbra-sē-ˈer \

Definition of brassiere

: a woman's undergarment to cover and support the breasts

Examples of brassiere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One young man cuts away a large section of the artist’s top before severing the straps of her brassiere. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 The company’s latest, the Bella Fino Edition Wallet Cases for iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, have interchangeable straps that are held in place by (this is true) brassiere hooks. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Shopping for tech? Here are suggestions in various price ranges," 28 Nov. 2019 In the living room, dressed in underwear — bikini panties and a brassiere — was Miss Tate. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: ‘Ritualistic Slayings’: Sharon Tate, Four Others Murdered," 28 July 2019 Around midnight in Lausanne, hundreds rallied at the city's cathedral and marched downtown to set wooden pallets on fire, then throwing items like neckties and brassieres onto the inferno. CBS News, "Women in Switzerland go on strike for fairer pay, more equality," 14 June 2019 Depression sounded like a blues woman who kept switchblades in her garters, flasks in her brassiere and whiskey on her tongue (or gin, depending on the day). Maiysha Kai, The Root, "Just an Ordinary Pain: Living With Persistent Depressive Disorder," 16 May 2018 From bricks to brassieres to beer, Lake Bluff has produced a variety of products, from the practical to whimsical over more than 150 years. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Climate change the focus of Lake Forest panel discussion," 14 May 2018 Dermatologists agree that women can get away with washing their brassieres after every three or four wears. Southern Living, "How Often Should You Wash Your Bras? The Answer Will Shock You," 2 May 2018 Her grandmother pulled $100 from her brassiere as a gift. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "That N. Philly handyman who died alone? He's back with his people | Helen Ubiñas," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brassiere

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brassiere

obsolete French brassière bodice, from Old French braciere arm protector, from bras arm — more at bracelet

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The first known use of brassiere was in 1880

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“Brassiere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brassiere. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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