without a strap or straps.
designed and made without shoulder straps: a strapless evening gown; a strapless bra.

Origin of strapless

First recorded in 1840–50; strap + -less Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of strapless

  • Her strapless gown didn't fit her, nor anybody within twenty pounds of her weight.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for strapless



(of a woman's formal dress, brassiere, etc) without straps over the shoulders
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Word Origin and History for strapless

1846 of trousers, 1935 of brassieres, from strap (n.) + -less.

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