un·​der·​wear | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwer \

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!

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Victor Silva, who was 12 years old at the time, remembers sitting in a Spanish-language theater when uniformed men jumped out of a truck and began dragging Latinx movie-goers outside, beating then stripping them down to their underwear. Mariana Gonzalez, Teen Vogue, "How the Zoot Suit Became a Symbol of Resistance for Mexican-American People," 21 Sep. 2018 The two unidentified men stripped down to their underwear and climbed into the water at the Altare della Patria in Piazza Venezia Sunday, BBC reports. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Italian tourists skinny-dipping in ancient Roman fountain spark outrage: 'Italy is not their home bathroom'," 23 Aug. 2018 By that point in the heist, the male robbers had already held their victim in a chokehold, pulled out a handgun, stripped him to his underwear and stolen his jewelry, police said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Cops found robbed man yelling in his underwear. His attackers went for cops next, Pa. police say," 11 June 2018 That’s what happened to Marie Antoinette, one of the first women to wear her underwear in public. Nancy Mcdonell, WSJ, "The Surprisingly Rich History of Women’s Underwear as Outerwear," 13 Nov. 2018 Transgender women have bodies and wear underwear just like everyone else. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Potential Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Plus-Size, Transgender, and Disabled Models Speak Out," 8 Nov. 2018 Chambers reportedly had severe burns covering 93 percent of her body and was wearing only her underwear. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Suspect in Jessica Chambers trial deleted texts, witness says," 28 Sep. 2018 Other common causes: Douching, using vaginal products that have fragrance chemicals, hanging out in wet or sweaty clothing and swimsuits, and wearing underwear that's too tight. Tehrene Firman, Woman's Day, "5 Yeast Infection Symptoms in Women That Should Never Be Ignored," 30 July 2018 This is, after all, the woman who posted a photo of herself wearing post-birth mesh underwear three days after having her second child, Miles. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen's Breast Pump Selfie is as Real as It Gets—I Know Firsthand," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of underwear

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


un·​der·​wear | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwer \

Kids Definition of underwear

: clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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