merry widow

noun, often capitalized M&W

Definition of merry widow

: a strapless corset or bustier usually having garters attached

First Known Use of merry widow

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for merry widow

The Merry Widow, operetta (1905) by Franz Lehár

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“Merry widow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merry%20widow. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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