wet suit


: a close-fitting suit made of material (such as sponge rubber) that is worn (as by a skin diver) especially in cold water to retain body heat and that traps a thin layer of water against the body

Examples of wet suit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surfers are provided with wet suits, surfboards and instruction in the water and receive a commemorative T-shirt. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 Brynne, a rangy surfer, was shown in the back of his van pulling on his wet suit, short board at the ready. Penelope Green, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Don't forget a couple of hooks for towels and wet suits. Elena Donovan Mauer, Country Living, 28 July 2023 While other people stepped out for sandwiches, Kerby was traversing Waimanalo Bay, clad in a black shorty wet suit, scuba mask and fins. Susan Casey, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Aug. 2023 On the steep grassy bank above the reservoir, coats and sweaters came off, revealing wet suits and swimsuits. Brooke Jarvis, New York Times, 26 July 2023 In Its Time author, 40, shared another shot of Mila and Poppy posing with their aunt, with Barbara's wet suit half unzipped to reveal a flattering one-piece black bathing suit. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2022 And safety is key with gear including a padded wet suit, lifejacket, helmet, harness, and supportive water shoes. Brittany Loggins, Women's Health, 23 June 2023 Yup, a wet suit is the perfect recipe for butt acne. Celia Shatzman, Women's Health, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wet suit was in 1955

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“Wet suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet%20suit. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

wet suit

: a rubber suit for swimmers that traps a layer of water against the body to save body heat (as while swimming in cold water)
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