brassiere

noun
bras·​siere | \brə-ˈzir also ˌbra-sē-ˈer \

Definition of brassiere 

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

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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 The event is free, but those who donate $15 to the fund will receive a copy of the book, which continues the story of a midlife wife who loses her brassiere-manufacturer husband to a model but finds new love and a new life. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Anna Quindlen Speaks About New Novel, Authors Share 'Poetry Of Presence'," 14 Mar. 2018 Just visible under a much-unbuttoned cornflower-blue blouse is a lace brassiere that, in context, reads more like medieval armature than an erotic statement. Phoebe Eaton, Harper's BAZAAR, "L'Wren Scott Rocks," 23 Mar. 2011 Rayburn, a satirist, had written a previous book about the putative (and non-existent) inventor of the brassiere, Otto Titzling, leading many to believe that Crapper had never existed. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapper," 28 Sep. 2017 Nineteen days later, a quail hunter found her body clad only in a brassiere, face down among trees off Foresthill Road east of Auburn. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Any hope of arrest in 1991 death of woman who disappeared from Granite Bay home? | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Oct. 2017

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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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