\ ˈthȯŋ How to pronounce thong (audio) \
plural thongs

Definition of thong

1 : a strip especially of leather or hide
2 : a sandal held on the foot by a thong fitting between the toes and connected to a strap across the top or around the sides of the foot
3 : an article of swimwear or underwear with the back portion consisting of a narrow strip of cloth that passes between the buttocks and connects with a waistband

Other Words from thong

thonged \ ˈthȯŋd How to pronounce thong (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The low waist line allowed for her black thong straps to peek out from underneath and over her hips. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Sep. 2022 Just recently, the model was spotted at the final match of the U.S. Open in a buttery yellow slip dress from Bottega Veneta and barely-there thong sandals from her favorite, The Row. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2022 Peaking just above the trousers' gold-chain design was the thin straps of her black thong. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 22 Sep. 2022 At the time, Fox showed up in a jaw-dropping sheer, sparkling Mugler gown and metallic thong, styled with a wet hair look—à la Kim Kardashian at the 2016 VMAs. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Aug. 2022 Black thong underwear and black nipple pasties added even more of a head-turning element to the bold look. Jessica Booth, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2022 So pull on your gauchos, let your thong show, and gitchie gitchie ya ya da da. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, SELF, 26 Aug. 2022 The cheeky bodysuit featured a mock neck top and a super high thong cut to reveal sheer fishnet stockings for a little bit of extra ✨spice✨. Seventeen, 12 Aug. 2022 Her daytime look was comprised of a white-and-purple oversized scarf worn as a cross-neck top, green capris with an orange floral print, and neon green platform thong sandals. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of thong

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thong

Middle English, from Old English thwong; akin to Old Norse thvengr thong

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\ ˈthȯŋ How to pronounce thong (audio) \

Kids Definition of thong

1 : a strip of leather used especially for fastening something
2 : a sandal held on by straps that run across the foot and between the big and second toe

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