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underclothes

[uhn-der-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
clothes worn under outer clothes.
2.
Also called underclothing
[uhn-der-kloh-th ing] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊ ðɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of underclothes
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; under- + clothes

underwear

[uhn-der-wair] /ˈʌn dərˌwɛər/
noun
1.
clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes.
Also called underclothes, underclothing.
Origin
First recorded in 1870-75; under- + wear
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Examples from the Web for underclothing
Historical Examples
  • From him I learned the address of “the coloured lady” who had my underclothing.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Her dress was very ragged, but her underclothing bore the stamp of some institution.

    Daybreak

    Florence A. Sitwell
  • His underclothing separated from his flesh with a wrench which made him shiver.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He was provided with some flannel shirts and other underclothing.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • Never, if at all possible, allow the underclothing to dry on the body.

  • The dress was a simple gray one, and the skirts and underclothing all white.

    That Affair Next Door Anna Katharine Green
  • To this property wool owes its superiority as a textile for underclothing.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • The best of them had not an overcoat; and underclothing was unknown among them.

    A Boy's Town W. D. Howells
  • The remainder will be for linen, underclothing, ties, and handkerchiefs.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • In addition, there was a complete outfit of underclothing and wind-clothes.

British Dictionary definitions for underclothing

underclothes

/ˈʌndəˌkləʊðz/
plural noun
1.
a variant of underwear Also called underclothing

underwear

/ˈʌndəˌwɛə/
noun
1.
clothing worn under the outer garments, usually next to the skin Also called underclothes
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Word Origin and History for underclothing

underwear

n.

1872, from under + wear (n.). So called because it is worn under one's clothing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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