un·​der·​wire ˈən-dər-ˌwī(-ə)r How to pronounce underwire (audio)
: a wire running through the bottom edge of a brassiere to aid in support

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The molded memory foam cups have no underwire yet still offer excellent support. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 20 Oct. 2022 Made of soft modal fabric, the bra provides support — without a restricting underwire. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2022 For smaller bust sizes that don’t need an underwire or padding, this super comfortable sports bra offers medium support. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 The bra is available in multiple color options and even has an option with an underwire. Ni'kesia Pannell, Woman's Day, 19 Sep. 2022 This wireless bra relies on foam cups to shape and lift the breast much more softly than the rigid underwire of a traditional push-up bra that could rip through the fabric lining and poke your skin. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 16 Aug. 2022 And this is just like the ideal bra because there's no underwire in it. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 My favorite details were the turquoise crystals along the underwire. Natalie Meade, Vogue, 14 July 2022 There are supportive styles that do not have an underwire, but will likely not offer as much lift. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underwire was in 1973

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“Underwire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underwire. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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