- a very brief, close-fitting, two-piece bathing suit for women or girls.
- a very brief, close-fitting pair of bathing trunks for men or boys.
- Often bikinis. underwear briefs that are fitted low on the hip or below it.
Origin of bikini
- an atoll in the N Pacific, in the Marshall Islands: atomic bomb tests 1946. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km).
Examples from the Web for bikini
Fleshy breasts taunted him from low bikini tops, and fleshy thighs sloped from bikini bottoms.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
If you Google your name, a lot of headlines come up like “Jessica Alba Sizzles in Bikini” and stuff of that nature.Jessica Alba on 'Sin City,' Typecasting, and How Homophobia Pushed Her Away From the Church
August 18, 2014
She says her posts have changed from flirty Maxim-style bikini shots to controlled images from the waist up.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?
August 2, 2014
The whole point of being a pageant queen is to trot around in your bikini to be ogled at while feigning sexual naiveté.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming
July 23, 2014
I spotted American students wandering around London last week dressed in Stars and Stripes shorts and bikini tops.Home of the (Footballing) Brave: The U.S. Bested Britain in World Cup Spirit
July 7, 2014
Morrison obtained a series of birds at Bikini in April and May, 1946.
In 1946, Morrison obtained plover in nuptial plumage at Bikini on May 3.
The first of these surveys was conducted near Eniwetok and Bikini.
Bikini in 1946 was the scene of the first peacetime tests of atomic weapons.
Doctor Wetmore kindly made available many of the birds collected at Bikini during the atomic bomb experiments.
- a woman's very brief two-piece swimming costume
- an atoll in the N Pacific; one of the Marshall Islands: site of a US atomic-bomb test in 1946
Word Origin and History for bikini
"low-waisted two-piece women's bathing suit," 1948, from French coinage, 1947, named for U.S. A-bomb test of June 1946 on Bikini, Marshall Islands atoll, locally Pikinni and said to derive from pik "surface" and ni "coconut," but this is uncertain. Various explanations for the swimsuit name have been suggested, none convincingly, the best being an analogy of the explosive force of the bomb and the impact of the bathing suit style on men's libidos (cf. c.1900 British slang assassin "an ornamental bow worn on the female breast," so called because it was very "killing").
Bikini, ce mot cinglant comme l'explosion même ... correspondant au niveau du vêtement de plage à on anéantissement de la surface vêtue; à une minimisation extrême de la pudeur. [Le Monde, 1947]
As a style of scanty briefs, from 1960. Variant trikini (1967), with separate bra cups held on by Velcro, falsely presumes a compound in bi-.