un·​der·​wire | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwī(-ə)r How to pronounce underwire (audio) \

Definition of underwire

: a wire running through the bottom edge of a brassiere to aid in support

Examples of underwire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How Perfect No-Wire Contour Bra Looking for a bra that smoothes, shapes, and supports without an underwire? Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "Nordstrom’s Top-Rated Bras Are on Major Sale Right Now," 20 Aug. 2020 Nearly 2,000 happy shoppers are boasting about the Wacoal underwire sports bra, a super soft, moisture-wicking sports top with larger sizing that’s designed with wide convertible shoulder straps for optimal comfort and support. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Cozy bras and celeb-approved underwear are seriously discounted at Nordstrom right now," 12 Aug. 2020 After all, bras come with their own discomforts — poke-y underwires, painful compression, straps that chafe. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Is It Bad That I Haven’t Worn A Bra In 3 Months?," 28 May 2020 Thompson said Sunde stabbed Justice with the underwire of her bra. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Waukesha County K-9 injured during a standoff last year who earned the nickname 'Hollywood' has retired," 12 May 2020 This style provides the same full-coverage support as the fan-favorite bra, but without any underwire. Rebecca Carhart, PEOPLE.com, "Spanx Just Dropped a Surprise Flash Sale! Its Comfortable Bralettes Are 50% Off Today," 10 Apr. 2020 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Here are some initial thoughts after owning this bra for six months: The bra is made with an underwire that feels supportive, but not restrictively so. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I Own This Holy Grail Bra for Big Busts in Three Different Colors," 17 Jan. 2020 In 2015 the company published an article that (inaccurately) linked wearing underwire bras to breast cancer. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Vagina Episode of Goop’s New Show Isn’t Terrible," 24 Jan. 2020 As my milk began to dry up, my boobs swam a little in my old underwire bras. June Demelo, Harper's BAZAAR, "When she refused to nurse one evening around 10 months old, I chalked it up to a fluke, probably an illness, definitely not a sudden spurt of baby-led weaning.," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of underwire

1973, in the meaning defined above

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1 Sep 2020

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“Underwire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underwire. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underwire

chiefly US : wire running through the bottom edge of a brassiere to provide support for a woman's breasts

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