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bikini

[ bih-kee-nee ]
/ bɪˈki ni /
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noun, plural bi·ki·nis.

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.

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Origin of bikini

1945–50; <French, apparently named after Bikini

Definition for bikini (2 of 2)

Bikini
[ bih-kee-nee ]
/ bɪˈki ni /

noun

an atoll in the N Pacific, in the Marshall Islands: atomic bomb tests 1946. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for bikini (1 of 2)

bikini
/ (bɪˈkiːnɪ) /

noun plural -nis

a woman's very brief two-piece swimming costume

Word Origin for bikini

C20: after Bikini atoll, from a comparison between the devastating effect of the atomic-bomb test and the effect caused by women wearing bikinis

British Dictionary definitions for bikini (2 of 2)

Bikini
/ (bɪˈkiːnɪ) /

noun

an atoll in the N Pacific; one of the Marshall Islands: site of a US atomic-bomb test in 1946
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