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 Need a bra with comfortable underwire for extra support? Rebecca Brown, Glamour, 9 Sep. 2021 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. SELF, 23 July 2021 With artful darts and an underwire, the full-coverage top seems like something Jayne Mansfield might have worn. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Crafted from soft, stretchy fabrics like nylon, cotton, and spandex, these seamless bras offer next-level comfort and support without the cumbersome underwire and clasps. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, 9 July 2021 Taylour Paige flaunted high-rise panties, Addison Rae wore a sheer bra, and Outer Banks' Madison Bailey showed off her underwire beneath a barely-there cardigan. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 17 May 2021 With every purchase, shoppers receive a compostable shipping bag to fill with old underwire. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 29 Apr. 2021 Bra sales are up over the past year—but women want more options now, with the pandemic accelerating some trends away from the traditional underwire. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2021 The underwire employed in this sexier cut creates some cleavage and lift. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of underwire

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Underwire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underwire. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underwire

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


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