brassiere

or bras·sière

[ bruh-zeer ]
/ brəˈzɪər /

noun

a woman's undergarment for supporting the breasts.

Origin of brassiere

1910–15; < French brassière bodice worn as an undergarment to support the breasts (now obsolete in this sense), Middle French bracieres camisole, Old French: armor for the arms, equivalent to bras arm (see brace) + -ière, suffix added to body part nouns, the resultant derivative denoting an article for that part < Latin -āria -ary
Also called bra.
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British Dictionary definitions for brassiere

brassiere

/ (ˈbræsɪə, ˈbræz-) /

noun

a woman's undergarment for covering and supporting the breastsOften shortened to: bra

Word Origin for brassiere

C20: from C17 French: bodice, from Old French braciere a protector for the arm, from braz arm
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Word Origin and History for brassiere

brassiere


n.

18c., "woman's underbodice," from French brassière "child's chemise; shoulder strap" (17c.), from Old French braciere "arm guard" (14c.), from bras "an arm," from Latin bracchium (see brace (n.)). Modern use is a euphemistic borrowing employed in the garment trade by 1902.

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