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[uhn-der-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
clothes worn under outer clothes.
Also called underclothing
[uhn-der-kloh-th ing] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊ ðɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of underclothes
First recorded in 1825-35; under- + clothes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for underclothes
Historical Examples
  • He stripped to his underclothes and turned in under the patchwork comforters.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We brought some underclothes; didn't know what shape you'd be in.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Old Mrs. Shimerda knit yards and yards of lace for her underclothes.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • "'Spect I'd be better for some underclothes—" Margaret said, half under her breath.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • I wa-anted to send back some socks and underclothes to be darned.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • Very light wind-clothing was all we wore over our underclothes.

  • underclothes in some form or other are worn all the time, not so much for warmth as for cleanliness.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • I dried myself on the underclothes and then threw them to the currents.


    Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
  • He took his seat in the cars, placing a valise full of underclothes on the seat next him.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • While we were fairly dry, there was a dampness in the air and we had only our underclothes.

    Up the Mazaruni for Diamonds

    William La Varre
British Dictionary definitions for underclothes


plural noun
a variant of underwear Also called underclothing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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