strap·​less | \ˈstrap-ləs \

Definition of strapless 

: having no strap specifically : made or worn without shoulder straps a strapless evening gown

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strapless noun

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Her first iconic look included delicate lace sleeves and a 9-foot train, so the Duchess of Cambridge slipped into a more subdued strapless outfit for the evening festivities at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle Wore a Second Wedding Dress by Stella McCartney for the Royal Wedding Reception," 19 May 2018 Emma Roberts in a Tanya Taylor skirt and Houghton top with punchy heels and Ashley Madekwe in elegant, strapless Christian Dior. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Geek Chic," 31 July 2014 Louise Turpin wore a white, strapless wedding gown and her husband, a tuxedo. The Washington Post,, "Captive Turpin siblings often marched in circles in their house at night, former neighbor says," 25 Jan. 2018 No matter what your chest size, all girls have strapless bra struggles. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "Genius New Strapless Bra Promises To Never Fall Down," 9 Dec. 2015 Stephanie had on a backless, strapless bra and bathing suit bottoms, while Arryn went shirtless and wore jeans. People Staff,, "Woman Says She Was Fired When Her Boudoir Photo Shoot Went Viral," 9 Oct. 2017 My lawyer theory still stands! 4:48 p.m. Kate and Anne get into a full-on cat fight in their wedding dresses in front of their guests, and I'm stunned that Kate's strapless bra is holding up so well amid all the motion. Kathy Yamamoto, Cosmopolitan, "I Binge-Watched Kate Hudson Rom-Coms for a Weekend and Here's What I Learned," 29 Apr. 2016 For the big day, Waddell chose a unique and feminine strapless fit-and-flare nude gown with intricate white embroidery, a piece created by Israeli designer Idan Cohen. Christina Dugan,, "Return to Paradise! Inside Bachelor in Paradise Stars Carly Waddell and Evan Bass' Tropical Nuptials," 21 June 2017 In tight black leather pants and silver studs, chain-mail black-tie tank tops and strapless cat suits in Prince of Wales check, they were dressed for it, anyway. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "With Everything About Trump, What’s a Designer to Do?," 12 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of strapless

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strapless was in 1846

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English Language Learners Definition of strapless

: made or worn without straps over the shoulders

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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