brassiere

noun

bras·​siere brə-ˈzir How to pronounce brassiere (audio)
 also  ˌbra-sē-ˈer
: a woman's undergarment to cover and support the breasts

Examples of brassiere in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brassiere was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Brassiere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brassiere. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

brassiere

noun
bras·​siere brə-ˈzi(ə)r How to pronounce brassiere (audio)
 also  ˌbras-ē-ˈe(ə)r
: a woman's close-fitting undergarment to cover and support the breasts
Etymology

from obsolete French brassière "bodice," from early French braciere "arm protector," from bras "arm," from Latin bracchium (same meaning) — related to brace, bracelet

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