ho·​siery ˈhōzh-rē How to pronounce hosiery (audio)
chiefly British : knitwear

Examples of hosiery in a Sentence

a shop that sells hosiery
Recent Examples on the Web On Glee, Rachel Berry was a major proponent of colorful hosiery. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2023 Spandex/Lycra Items made from spandex or Lycra, such as athletic clothes, hosiery, swimwear, and undergarments, should always be air-dried rather than put in the dryer. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023 During the same season that Chanel, Jonathan Anderson, and Versace sent technicolor and metallic tights onto the runway, the Olsen twins used American tan versions (the kind of hosiery that removes all sense of life from the legs) as makeshift belts. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2023 Shuttering the factory is part of a yearlong initiative to shed domestic manufacturing of sheer hosiery, the company said Wednesday. Andrew Moreau, Arkansas Online, 3 Aug. 2023 Made completely from hosiery, the bra has a front snap-closure to prevent bulkiness under clothing, along with soft and stretchy straps that won't dig into your shoulders. Alex Warner, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023 Hanes, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been shedding its hosiery manufacturing to invest in areas with greater growth potential. Andrew Moreau, Arkansas Online, 3 Aug. 2023 Falke has offered the highest standards in hosiery since 1895, and the tradition continues today with these poly-silk blend socks. Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2023 The company designs hosiery like fishnet and opaque styles in all skin tones and has since expanded to other garments, including bras, seamless thongs, and bikini-cut underwear. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hosiery was in 1739

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“Hosiery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hosiery. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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ho·​siery ˈhōzh(-ə)-rē How to pronounce hosiery (audio)
: stockings or socks in general

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