lin·​ge·​rie | \ ˌlän-jə-ˈrā How to pronounce lingerie (audio) , ˌläⁿ-zhə-, -ˈrē; ˈlaⁿ-zhə-(ˌ)rē, ˈlän-jə-, ˈläⁿ-zhə-, -ˌrā How to pronounce lingerie (audio) \

Definition of lingerie

1 : women's intimate apparel
2 archaic : linen articles or garments

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Most women would probably head to the top-drawer lingerie brand La Perla for something to wear underneath their wedding dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "La Perla Releases Its First Bridal Collection—and It’s Very Hot," 12 Apr. 2019 The store offers imported and domestic linens, designer lingerie, sweaters, and menswear, and visiting is like taking a step back in time. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Palm Beach, Florida Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, Shop, Drink, and Be Seen," 10 Apr. 2018 Each year, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a 45-minute long event where slim, mostly white models parade down the runway in lingerie and angel wings. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Former Victoria's Secret Shoppers React to Ed Razek's 'Fatphobic' Comments," 16 Nov. 2018 Italian brand Intimissimi, located on the lower level across from Guest Services, has 1,300 stores worldwide and offers women’s lingerie and nightwear. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler,, "An island fund-raiser, a low-vision support group, and helping the turkey count," 15 June 2018 Meanwhile, Disick’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian refrained from directing a message toward her 24-year-old boyfriend model Younes Bendjima, but did share a saucy lingerie photo on Instagram. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sofia Richie Wishes 'Babe' Scott Disick a Happy Valentine's Day on Instagram," 15 Feb. 2018 Shoe designer Chloe Gosselin and lingerie designer Morgan Lane met while competing against one another. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Two Former Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Finalists Have Teamed Up to Design The Ultimate Summer Style Kit," 1 Apr. 2019 The lingerie fit pros at ThirdLove make a business out of getting shoppers into the right bras, and offered to share their diagrams identifying what each breast type looks like (and which bra's best for 'em) with us. Glamour, "Are You Wearing the Right Bra for Your Breast Type?," 28 Mar. 2019 In the last two years the lingerie giant has lost two of their longtime Angels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio,. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barbara Palvin is the Newest Victoria's Secret Angel," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of lingerie

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for lingerie

French, from Middle French, from linge linen, from Latin lineus made of linen — more at line

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English Language Learners Definition of lingerie

: women's underwear and clothing that is worn in bed

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