\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web Above, Bieber’s stylist shares behind-the-scenes snaps from the pre-Met prep and the final reveal of that black tie thong. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber’s Stylist on That Alexander Wang Thong Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The result for her capsule for Montparnasse resulted in such pieces that fit the description, including an assortment of ruffled, sheer bloomers, and playful thongs. Vogue, "Farfetch Hosted a Burlesque Bash in Honor of Caroline Vreeland’s Collab With Kiki de Montparnasse," 31 Oct. 2019 The Kylie Shop currently has thongs with Jenner’s first name on them marked down to half-off, so maybe Rise and Shine undies would do a little bit better? Los Angeles Times, "Kylie Jenner trademarks ‘rise and shine.’ Of course she did," 22 Oct. 2019 This was particularly true for three pieces that caught my eye — a one shoulder dress, a body suit, and a jacket and pants look, all of which featured fishnet material and a patchwork of multicolored thong underwear. Teen Vogue, "The Best Moments From NYFW Spring Summer 2020," 7 Sep. 2019 In a revealing mirror selfie, Cardi rocks a pink and blue thong bodysuit and thigh-high, strappy silver heels. Alexis Reliford,, "Cardi B Gives A Sneak Peek At Her Hustlers Character Diamond," 10 June 2019 From pillowy quilted mule heels to strappy thong sandals and sleek leather, the minimal footwear feels both fresh and unexpectedly elegant. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fashion Insiders Are Obsessed with New Bottega," 31 July 2019 His wardrobe is packed with denim thongs, assless chaps, and see-through crop tops – wonderfully revealing items most people wouldn't dare wear in public. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Says He Wears Thongs in Public to Destroy Gender Norms: "Clothing Has No Gender"," 23 July 2019 At the end of March, Kim Kardashian West braved the Los Angeles heat in a pair of particularly hideous high-heeled thong sandals designed by her husband. Indya Brown, The Cut, "Which Pair of Ugly Shoes Is Right for You?," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of thong was before the 12th century

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Thong.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce thong (audio)

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


\ 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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