swim·​wear | \ ˈswim-ˌwer How to pronounce swimwear (audio) \

Definition of swimwear

: clothing suitable for wear while swimming or bathing

Examples of swimwear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week, Nike is unveiling its own line of modest swimwear. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Nike Takes the Plunge Into Modest Swimwear," 9 Dec. 2019 Shop some of our favorite new swimwear brands, ahead. Glamour, "13 New Swimwear Brands That’ll Make You Excited for Summer 2019," 8 July 2019 The multi-tasking model, host, and author continues to juggle her runway career with her life as a talk show host on YouTube, while designing swimwear collections in her spare time. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Ashley Graham Rewrote the Rules on Maternity Dressing," 6 Dec. 2019 Sure, international celebrities come for the New Year’s parties, but otherwise everyone goes barefoot and dines in their swimwear. Wendy Perrin, Town & Country, "18 Jaw-Dropping Private Villas You Can Rent Around the World," 17 Oct. 2019 Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid hit up Miami Beach together in stylish swimwear. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Their Cool Bikinis Hang Out in Miami," 4 Dec. 2019 Nike has followed up on its groundbreaking performance hijab with a new design for modest swimwear (better known as a burkini). Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "“Greenwashing” Isn’t Enough. Fashion Designers Must Do More.," 17 Dec. 2019 In addition to swimwear, Inamorata sells underwear, tops, skirts, and bodysuits. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski's Barely-There Swimsuit Proves Summer Isn't Over Yet," 16 Oct. 2019 Nike has launched new swimwear designed for athletes who wear a hijab. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Nike Launches New Swimwear Line Designed For Women Who Wear A Hijab," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of swimwear

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swimwear was in 1935

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9 Feb 2020

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“Swimwear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimwear. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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: special clothing worn for swimming

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