un·​der·​wear | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwer How to pronounce underwear (audio) \

Definition of underwear

: clothing or an article of clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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Examples of underwear in a Sentence

underwear has got to be the most boring thing that one could ever receive as a birthday present!
Recent Examples on the Web More than 6,500 pairs of underwear have been given across different countries. Washington Post, "Gifts that keep on giving: These retailers offer one-for-one deals or make financial donations," 30 Nov. 2020 Consider: Their equipment staff failed to pack thermal underwear before trekking to Wisconsin in December. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Bucs vs. Packers at snowy Lambeau? 49ers’ Steve Young recalls his near-death experience," 23 Jan. 2021 The Last Airbender and others rejecting Noah Beck’s underwear pictures with cleansing pictures of One Direction stars. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Why Is This Old Photo Of Lady Gaga & Joe Biden Now A Meme?," 20 Jan. 2021 In a video viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube, Navalny can be seen extracting a confession from the man, who describes a plot to plant the poison on the inside seam of the crotch area of the opposition leader’s underwear. Ivan Nechepurenko, BostonGlobe.com, "Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is detained after returning from Germany," 17 Jan. 2021 Evidence of the underwear poisoning emerged when Navalny phoned a member of the FSB team involved in the attack pretending to be a senior Security Council official. Washington Post, "In Russia, tough new laws and stepped-up defiance abroad mark Putin’s shift toward unfettered control," 27 Dec. 2020 In the opening scene, three dudes drinking in a bar notice a woman slumped against a red banquette, head unsteady on her shoulders, legs akimbo, white underwear on show. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Revenge Is Sweet in Promising Young Woman," 24 Dec. 2020 All without needing to stuff a suitcase full of parkas and long underwear. Los Angeles Times, "Dreaming of a white Christmas? Hang out with reindeer virtually, minus the cold," 24 Dec. 2020 Period underwear is specifically designed to keep you dry, clean and leak proof. Noel Cody, Essence, "Best Ways to Prevent Period Leaks," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of underwear

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underwear was in 1870

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28 Feb 2021

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“Underwear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underwear. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underwear

: clothing that is worn next to your skin and under other clothing


un·​der·​wear | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwer How to pronounce underwear (audio) \

Kids Definition of underwear

: clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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