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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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 Concerns about ballet apparel go beyond shoes, though, to hosiery and more. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Ballet has long excluded dancers of color. A broader range of “nude” pointe shoes signal change.," 9 Nov. 2018 Hanes, acquired in 1979, at first specialized in women’s hosiery. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "John Bryan Led Sara Lee and Raised Funds for Chicago’s Millennium Park," 4 Oct. 2018 For example, all women in the royal family are required to wear tights, but back in 2017 Eugenie skipped wearing hosiery with her heels at the Ascot Racecourse. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What Will Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Look Like? Everything We Know So Far," 27 Sep. 2018 Kate Middleton, on the other hand, pretty much always wears nude hosiery. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "No, Meghan Markle Is Not "Required" to Wear Tights as a Royal," 30 Aug. 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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