thong

noun
\ ˈthȯŋ How to pronounce thong (audio) \

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 consisting of a narrow strip of material that passes between the thighs and connects with a waistband

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from thong

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

Examples of thong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The woman who posted the most egregious photo, of herself in a thong, uses the handle @nz.nik. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "There’s Nothing Wrong With Posing for Photos at Chernobyl," 12 June 2019 The power of the thong disintegrated with the invention of the seamless brief. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 Also ditch your thongs and slip into a comfy pair of cotton undies. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Say "See Ya Bye" to Body Acne with These Helpful Tips," 21 Mar. 2017 Speedos and sungas and thong bikinis are the seaside norm, no matter your body shape (nobody’s judging in Rio), and breezy, light and polychrome are the de facto wardrobe codes, day to night. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thong.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about thong

Dictionary Entries near thong

thon

thonder

Thondraki

thong

Thonga

thong seal

thonnier

Statistics for thong

Last Updated

15 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for thong

The first known use of thong was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for thong

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on thong

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with thong

Spanish Central: Translation of thong

Nglish: Translation of thong for Spanish Speakers

Comments on thong

What made you want to look up thong? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!