swim·​suit | \ ˈswim-ˌsüt \

Definition of swimsuit

: a suit for swimming or bathing

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Kathy Ireland, the onetime swimsuit model who presides over a half-billion-dollar licensing empire, lost a whopping 77 percent of her followers between Wednesday and Thursday evening. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 The show, in this sense, is more like pageantry than a reflection of the real world (though even Miss America dropped its swimsuit competition this year). Hilary George-parkin, Glamour, "What's Holding Victoria's Secret Back From Body Diversity on the Runway?," 9 Nov. 2018 The Miss America ceremony subtracted the swimsuit competition for the first time in its 98-year history, and subtracted one million television viewers, too. Fox News, "Miss America Pageant sees large decline in ratings after dropping swimsuit competition," 12 Sep. 2018 This year's pageant may have shown conclusively that even—or maybe especially—without a swimsuit competition, there are reasons to tune into Miss America. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Without the Swimsuit Competition, Miss America Feels Different This Time Around," 10 Sep. 2018 The Miss America pageant drama didn’t end with the abolishment of the swimsuit competition earlier this year. Bridget Read, Vogue, "There’s a Lot of Drama Going Down in the Miss America Pageant," 21 Aug. 2018 Sold on her website and through retailers like Shopbop, the swimsuits range from $20 for a top to $220 for a one piece. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "10 Fashion Influencers Who Run Their Own Brands Like a Boss," 3 Jan. 2019 The basic warm-weather wardrobe essentials should be at the top of your list—and, naturally, a transformative new swimsuit will be the foundation of your off-duty uniform. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The Hot List: 15 Looks You Need for Your Next Beach Vacation," 13 Dec. 2018 The Miss America pageant has eliminated its swimsuit competition in an effort to move away from judging contestants on their physical appearance. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of swimsuit

1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of swimsuit

: special clothing that women and girls wear for swimming


swim·​suit | \ ˈswim-ˌsüt \

Kids Definition of swimsuit

: a garment for swimming or bathing

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