\ 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 thong (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A month before, Kim Kardashian posed for Matthew Williams’ debut Givenchy campaign in a black maxi dress and a visible red thong. Eliza Huber,, 18 June 2021 That theme seems more strained than the thong on Lorde’s new album cover. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 9 June 2021 While the silky mesh bralettes come in three styles meant to flatter all bust shapes—triangle, scoop, and plunge—the coordinating panties are offered in high-rise cheeky, mid-rise thong, and new brief and boy short styles. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 June 2021 The lightweight sandals have a thick, sturdy thong strap and a slip-resistant outsole that provides excellent grip. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2021 Kylie posed on her couch wearing a green satin bra and matching thong, hiked allll the way up. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, 31 Mar. 2021 Porizkova, 56, made her point in a new Instagram post featuring a photo of herself looking in a mirror while wearing a sheer thong bodysuit—a shot from her recent cover story for Vogue Czechoslovakia. Korin Miller,, 14 May 2021 Arca pulled a Carrie Bradshaw and wore a black cuissardes boot and a blue thong heel, both courtesy of Bottega Veneta. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 8 May 2021 The Row, wearing a billowing white button down over a white t-shirt, beige pleated trousers with a black leather belt, and black thong kitten heels. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 29 Apr. 2021

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

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9 Jul 2021

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“Thong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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