\ 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

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Other Words from thong

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

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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 In the days following Dillon’s original post, several other women posted images of their lace panties and thongs as a part of the #ThisIsNotConsent movement. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Women in Ireland Are Posting Images of Their Underwear to Protest Rape Culture," 20 Nov. 2018 Rihanna also launched an #iamsavage collection of bralette, thong and bikinis bottoms that also sit high on the waist and feature her brand's signature in a rose gold logo. Fox News, "Rihanna surprises fans with Gigi and Bella Hadid in her Savage X Fenty runway show," 13 Sep. 2018 And speaking of thongs, thong heels have been making a contentious comeback, too, thanks to Kim Kardashian West, who wore a pair in March. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny Puts a Cool Girl Spin on a Forgotten ‘00s Trend," 24 May 2018 Bella's stylist, Mimi Cuttrell, shared a snapshot of the 21-year-old model wearing nothing but a nude thong and holding a puppy conveniently at chest height. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Went Nude In a New Instagram Photo," 1 Feb. 2018 After posing in the tiniest thong for her Instagram Stories over the holiday season, Jenner decided to brave the Aspen snow in a minuscule, pink metallic bikini, a pair of snow boots, and a pretty warm looking hat. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Wears a Tiny Bikini in the Aspen Snow, Says 'F*ck It’s Cold'," 30 Dec. 2018 In the past, she's worn everything from corset dresses to actual bras as tops and thong swimwear. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Head-to-Toe Lingerie Outfit to the Golden Globes Afterparty," 7 Jan. 2019 Tana shared a photo of the costume to Twitter on Thursday, which showed her in a pink bra and thong, blue tutu, and JoJo's signature hair ribbons. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Tana Mongeau Criticized for Her “Sexy” JoJo Siwa Halloween Costume," 2 Nov. 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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