ho·​siery | \ ˈhōzh-rē How to pronounce hosiery (audio) , ˈhōz-; ˈhō-zhə-rē, -zə-\

Definition of hosiery

2 chiefly British : knitwear

Examples of hosiery in a Sentence

a shop that sells hosiery

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But aside from the cigarettes and the chaos, authorities eventually found half a pair of pantyhose, which state experts later said matched the hosiery wrapped around Trotter’s neck. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "‘Lord forgive ’em’: Larry Swearingen executed despite claims of innocence," 21 Aug. 2019 The accompanying illustrations, uniformly delightful, include a juxtaposition of the patterns of traditional Marquesan tattoos with those of late-Victorian hosiery. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes," 11 July 2019 Yes, statement hosiery is all the rage these days, having had its moment on the Fall 2018 runways. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Latest Trend on Selena Gomez? Statement Socks," 9 Sep. 2018 The machinery that powers American clothing and shoe factories, such as circular knitting machines for hosiery, looming machines, and embroidery machines, comes almost entirely from China. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "When It Comes to Tariffs, Many U.S. Companies Are on China’s Side," 27 June 2019 The grand finale was bridezilla in a beautiful ivory bustier gown and veil with a spider on her bust and skeletal gloves and hosiery. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Horror Film-Themed Moschino Fashion Show at Universal Studios," 8 June 2019 After years of dutifully following the palace guidelines about nude hosiery, the Duchess’s flash of leg spoke volumes. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Even Royals Can’t Resist a Spring Skin Reveal," 14 May 2019 The Swedish sock brand Happy Socks is currently selling hosiery printed with Andy Warhol’s artwork. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Has Fashion’s Licensing of Art Gone Too Far?," 8 Oct. 2018 The rule-breaking styling trick first started bubbling up on the runway a couple of years ago with brands such as Balenciaga, Celine, and Saint Laurent all proposing strappy sandals with a kaleidoscope of colorful hosiery. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Lily-Rose Depp Pulls a Fashion Faux Pas on the Red Carpet—and Wins," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hosiery

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ho·​siery | \ ˈhō-zhə-rē How to pronounce hosiery (audio) \

Kids Definition of hosiery

: clothing (as stockings or socks) that is worn on the legs and feet

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