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

Definition of lingerie

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

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Other Words from lingerie

lingerie adjective

Examples of lingerie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web L Catterton, the private-equity firm partly controlled by Mr. Arnault, has invested in Savage X Fenty, Rihanna’s lingerie line. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Secret ads in 2017 to show that curvier women can and should be selling lingerie. Essence, 20 July 2021 As part of the lingerie giant's brand makeover, which will introduce The VS Collective of accomplished women and The Victoria's Secret Global Fund for Women's Cancers, Victoria's Secret is switching up its stores to reflect the new company mission. Kaitlyn Frey,, 19 July 2021 Since launching her namesake lingerie line a decade ago, Yasmine Eslami has found loyal fans among in-the-know Frenchwomen who indulge in her simple, sensual underpinnings. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 14 July 2021 Fenty was discontinued, but Rihanna still co-owns the lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, and owns her skin-care and makeup line, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, along with luxury goods group LVMH. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 8 July 2021 In another example, lingerie company Victoria’s Secret has repeatedly used designs inspired by sacred Native American traditions during its fashion shows. Joshua E. Kane, The Conversation, 7 July 2021 Rihanna’s lingerie line Savage X Fenty has long prided itself on being inclusive, from its ads, which are populated with models (and sometimes, non-models!) of all backgrounds and sizes, to its products, which are consistently size-inclusive. Eliza Huber,, 1 June 2021 The embattled lingerie brand is undergoing a major rebrand, trading its signature, thin, bombshell models for trailblazing women. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 28 June 2021

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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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The first known use of lingerie was in 1835

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24 Jul 2021

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“Lingerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lingerie

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


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