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

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 And there is no way he would be curled up on the floor in his underwear moaning over the fact that the Lakers drafted Johnson instead of Sidney Moncrief. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 The Bagail mesh laundry bags come in a pack of five (two medium, two large, and one extra-large) that are ideal for cleaning bras, underwear, dresses, and other fabrics that can rip or snag easily. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 17 Apr. 2022 Skims just sent us bras, underwear, bodysuits in every shade of nude. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2022 Founded in 2014, this brand focuses on underwear and loungewear made of organic and sustainable materials. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Mar. 2022 ThirdLove shoppers will enjoy an extra 25% on the brand's discounts cozy bras, underwear, and lounge attire. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, 30 Dec. 2021 Hazard High School in Kentucky is under investigation by its district after photos surfaced of male students dressed in bras and underwear giving male teachers lap dances. Li Cohen, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 On a recent evening, Dubai boutique owner Coralie Francois stuffed a large suitcase with bras and underwear and hauled her goods across town to the spacious walk-in closet of one of her most loyal clients. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 It can be removed from the strap altogether and placed into compatible T-shirts, bras and underwear. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Underwear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underwear. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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