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hosiery

[hoh-zhuh-ree]
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noun
  1. stockings or socks of any kind.
  2. the business of a hosier.
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Origin of hosiery

First recorded in 1780–90; hosier + -y3
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hosiery

noun
  1. stockings, socks, and knitted underclothing collectively
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Word Origin and History for hosiery

n.

stocking collectively, 1775, from hosier + -y (1). As "factory where hose is made," from 1803.

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