tank·​i·​ni | \ taŋ-ˈkē-nē How to pronounce tankini (audio) \

Definition of tankini

: a woman's two-piece swimsuit consisting of bikini briefs and a tank top

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The two-piece swimsuit we call the bikini made its debut on Paris runways in 1946. The word bikini comes from Bikini atoll, the name of one of the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific, where atomic-bomb tests were performed in 1946. One theory of the coinage is that the effect achieved by a scantily clad woman appearing in public may be compared to the effect of an A-bomb blast. Another possible explanation is that the bikini leaves its wearer nearly bare, the way the bomb tests stripped Bikini atoll. In 1985, the tankini began appearing on beaches in the U.S., and the word bikini was combined with tank to create its appropriate name.

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The same cannot be said for tops: With so many different cuts—triangle, bandeau, halter, underwire, tankini—achieving the perfect fit requires a little more experimentation, trial and error, and even some expert advice. Glamour, "The Best Swimsuits for Small Busts," 24 May 2019 Whether that is a one-piece, a tankini, a high-waisted brief and bikini top, or a little string bikini, wear it. Hunter Mcgrady, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Shop for Plus-Size Swimwear, According to Hunter McGrady," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of tankini

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tankini

blend of tank (top) and bikini

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