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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

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Other Words from thong

thonged \ˈthȯŋd \ adjective

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Hypersexual Turtlenecks Are a Fashion Week Trend Some are sheer, some are slashed, some are thongs. Jordan Crucchiola, The Cut, "Ironically, Netflix Is Adding a Marie Kondo Series," 14 Feb. 2018 Like with most everyday pieces in your wardrobe, your thong and brief stash needs to be replenished frequently (every six months to a year, to be precise). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best Underwear for Every Occasion," 12 June 2018 Few sartorial sins violate good taste as much as wearing leggings outside the gym (though strolling about in a visible thong comes close). Rebecca Malinsky And, WSJ, "Once and for All: Are Leggings Pants?," 3 July 2018 In one of the intimate pictures, the couple is captured lounging shirtless in bed, with Beyoncé in just a thong. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Beyonce & JAY-Z Pose Nude in Intimate On the Run II Tour Book Photos," 10 June 2018 The collection ranges from $14.50 for a microfiber thong to $99 for a sheer marabou jumpsuit. Yendi Reid, Teen Vogue, "How Savage X Fenty Lingerie Looks On Different Body Types, Including Plus and Petite," 14 May 2018 The thong helps, but what’s really apparent is this heightened intimacy that can only be built by trust. The Cut, "The Sober Gym Manager in an Unconventional Relationship," 17 June 2018 But this past year brief sales grew faster than those of thongs, according to market research company NPD Group. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "We Tried 101 Pairs of ‘Everyday’ Women’s Underwear—Here Are the Best," 19 Apr. 2018 Women have thong bottoms, why shouldn't men have Speedos? Liza Corsillo, GQ, "These Are the Swim Trunks Women Want You to Wear," 2 July 2018

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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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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


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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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