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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Because underwear is washed so often, shrinkage can be expected, especially if it's made of cotton. Amanda Hawkins, Good Housekeeping, "4 Signs It's Time for New Underwear and Bras," 9 Feb. 2019 Long underwear also slides nicely under football pants. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 From ribbed turtlenecks to bodysuits and matching bras and underwear, Wang x Uniqlo has plenty of winter staples (all with heated technology) for under $40. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander Wang x Uniqlo Is Here With Your New Favorite Leggings," 9 Nov. 2018 According to the report, the girl, who is under 16, claims Rylett touched her breasts and fondled her while repeatedly making her undress, eventually attempting to forcefully remove her underwear. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 2018 On Wednesday, Holiday celebrated her body shape by sharing a photo of herself in a lace bra and underwear on social media. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Tess Holiday claps back at Piers Morgan for body shamming comment: 'You've been obsessed with me'," 21 Sep. 2018 The new bras and underwear, ranging from V-neck bralettes to lacy balconette bras and thongs, will please anyone who’s a fan of the brand’s signature classic shapes. Leora Herman, The Cut, "J.Crew Is Launching a Lingerie Line," 27 Feb. 2018 The girl was reportedly wearing only a bra and underwear. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cudahy man allegedly tried to rape 14-year-old daughter and force wife to drink Tide detergent," 23 Feb. 2018 There's a steam room, a dry sauna with a television showing a Korean soap opera and a system of tables where women dressed in black bras and underwear will scrub the layers of the world from your skin. Amy Scattergood, latimes.com, "The bather: A journey by water, with porridge and barley tea, through 9 Koreatown spas," 15 Feb. 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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