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, 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, 28 Nov. 2019 In the living room, dressed in underwear — bikini panties and a brassiere — was Miss Tate. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 14 May 2018 Dermatologists agree that women can get away with washing their brassieres after every three or four wears. Southern Living, 2 May 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brassiere.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best sports bras.

Learn More About brassiere

Time Traveler for brassiere

Time Traveler

The first known use of brassiere was in 1880

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near brassiere

brassie

brassiere

brass instrument

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for brassiere

Cite this Entry

“Brassiere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brassiere. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on brassiere

Nglish: Translation of brassiere for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about brassiere

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!