[uhn-der-klohz, -klohth z]

noun (used with a plural verb)

clothes worn under outer clothes.

Origin of underclothes

First recorded in 1825–35; under- + clothes
Also called un·der·cloth·ing [uhn-der-kloh-th ing] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊ ðɪŋ/.
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Examples from the Web for underclothes

Historical Examples of underclothes

  • He stripped to his underclothes and turned in under the patchwork comforters.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • We brought some underclothes; didn't know what shape you'd be in.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • Old Mrs. Shimerda knit yards and yards of lace for her underclothes.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • "'Spect I'd be better for some underclothes—" Margaret said, half under her breath.


    Elizabeth Wetherell

  • I wa-anted to send back some socks and underclothes to be darned.

    Mud and Khaki

    Vernon Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for underclothes


pl n

a variant of underwear Also called: underclothing
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