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!

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But those clothes aren’t what pay the bills; workaday items like jeans and underwear are. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 The 23-year-old model freed the nipple and wore nothing but nude underwear underneath the dress, and completed the look with transparent heels and gold rectangular earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Latest Naked Dress Barely Covers Anything," 18 Dec. 2018 The collection is an ode to Dessous, with neutral-colored underwear and camisoles made from high-quality Japanese cotton and custom embroideries in French lace. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Lingerie Designer Found Creative Freedom in Nashville After Working in New York for 20 Years," 6 Feb. 2019 McArthur, now 67, moved to the Toronto area around 2000 and previously lived in a suburb where he was married, raised two children and worked as a traveling salesman of underwear and socks. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Canada prosecutor: Serial killer staged photos of victims," 5 Feb. 2019 The crux of the problem is that women are looking for a different kind of underwear and a different set of values. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Victoria’s Secret: Sex Isn’t Selling," 17 Nov. 2018 Smith learned about how women use talc in their genital area, meaning in underwear and sanitary products, while sitting at his parents' dinner table. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Does talcum powder cause cancer? A legal and scientific battle rages," 11 Apr. 2018 Alexander Wang would like to show us his underwear. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Alexander Wang Is Launching a New Uniqlo Collaboration That’s All About Underwear," 10 Oct. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce underwear (audio) \

Kids Definition of underwear

: clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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