thong

noun
\ ˈthȯŋ How to pronounce thong (audio) \
plural thongs

Definition of thong

1 : a strip especially of leather or hide
2 : a sandal held on the foot by a thong fitting between the toes and connected to a strap across the top or around the sides of the foot
3 : an article of swimwear or underwear with the back portion consisting of a narrow strip of cloth that passes between the buttocks and connects with a waistband

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Other Words from thong

thonged \ ˈthȯŋd How to pronounce thonged (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thong in a Sentence

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Barely-there shoes have been having a moment, too thanks to the thong heel, a shoe most beloved by Kim Kardashian West. Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Makes the Case for the Toe Ring," 14 June 2019 In anticipation of hard work, most also wore shorts, though a few guys had opted to gird their loins in a traditional fundoshi, a sort of jockstrap crossed with a thong. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 This weekend, Bella Hadid took it upon herself to heat up this chilly March by posting an Instagram of herself, Kendall Jenner, photographer Renell Medrano, and singer Justine Skye all posing topless in thongs. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner Posing Topless in Thong Bikinis," 18 Mar. 2018 The workers in that chain of drive-through kiosks are not allowed to wear thongs or pasties, but must work in bikinis on two days and be scantily dressed on other days. Maura Dolan, latimes.com, "Bikini-clad baristas must cover up, federal appeals court says," 3 July 2019 This past week, Gigi’s sister Bella wore a fancy Versace thong on the Spring 2020 menswear runway with low-slung bedazzled pants. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Revives the ’00s Bra Strap Reveal," 21 June 2019 The thong, marketed to combat the visible panty line, was officially irrelevant, clearing the way for granny panties to reign supreme once more. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 The first, and most seductive, Invitation (2019), is a teasing boudoir portrait of a young man lying on his stomach, turned to face the viewer, plucking at his thong with a sly confidence. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 The crowd shopping for end-of-life care and crimson thongs flowed easily along Jizo-dori, laughing, arguing, shouting into mobile phones. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of thong

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thong

Middle English, from Old English thwong; akin to Old Norse thvengr thong

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thong

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thong

: a long thin strip of material (such as leather) that is used to attach something
: a kind of women's underpants that has only a thin strip of material in the back

thong

noun
\ ˈthȯŋ How to pronounce thong (audio) \

Kids Definition of thong

1 : a strip of leather used especially for fastening something
2 : a sandal held on by straps that run across the foot and between the big and second toe

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