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underwear

[uhn-der-wair] /ˈʌn dərˌwɛər/
noun
1.
clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes.
Also called underclothes, underclothing.
Origin of underwear
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; under- + wear
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  • The underwear might have been of red gold instead of red flannel.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • She also wore a dark blue skirt and a union suit of underwear.

  • He grimly stripped to underwear and put on the heat-suit from his bag.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Fur garments and underwear were hanging to the branches of trees.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • What had she to do with smocked dresses, children's underwear, capes?

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for underwear

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 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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