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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The woman was asleep in her apartment on Tetlow Street when Inyang lay in bed next to her, dressed only in his underwear, according to a police report. Thomas Oide, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police dog plays role in arrest," 2 July 2018 And now Barry was lying around in Jeff Park’s guest bed in his underwear. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 In a side-by-side photo, Weatherby posed in a dress on the left and in her underwear on the right. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "See How This Woman Clapped Back at People Who Said Her Muscles Make Her Look ‘Manly’," 14 June 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Cops found robbed man yelling in his underwear. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Sex toys and creepy mail came for 10 years. It was an ex-classmate with a grudge, N.J. cops say," 12 June 2018 Florence’s underwear is the same color as her blue dress. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In On Chesil Beach, a Longing Unfulfilled," 17 May 2018 South Korea has struggled over the years to deal with perpetrators who use tiny cameras or smartphones to film under women’s clothing to see their genitals or underwear. Washington Post, "South Korean women protest against ‘spy cam porn’," 8 July 2018 Three models wearing underwear designed by Mary Quant, 1966. refinery29.com, "Mary Quant, Mini Skirt Purveyor, Is Being Honored With A Fashion Exhibit," 8 June 2018 Earlier this week, for a low-key night, Teigen posted an Instagram wearing nearly nothing, besides some supportive mesh high-rise hospital underwear. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen Just Posed in Hospital Underwear and Got Real About Motherhood on Instagram," 22 May 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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