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

Examples of underwire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As one of the best high-impact sports bras for runners, Lululemon’s Run Times bra not only lifts but separates breasts, like a regular bra but without an underwire. Gabrielle Porcaro, WWD, 24 June 2024 This one-piece has underwire cups, adjustable straps, and the pièce de resistance: silver-tone wiring threaded with a trio of glass beads for that artful twist on poolside days. Kerry Pieri, Vogue, 22 June 2024 Place the ends of the tape measurer under the folds of your breasts, where the underwire of a bra would go, and keep the tape parallel to the ground. Bebe Hodges, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2024 Made with underwire and sizing that goes up to 40G/H, this is one of the few picks made to accommodate larger cup sizes. Jessica Booth, Parents, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for underwire 

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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 12 Jul. 2024.

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