underclothes

[ uhn-der-klohz, -klohth z ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz /

noun (used with a plural verb)

clothes worn under outer clothes.

Nearby words

  1. undercellar,
  2. undercharge,
  3. underclass,
  4. underclassman,
  5. underclay,
  6. underclothing,
  7. undercoat,
  8. undercoating,
  9. undercompensate,
  10. undercool

Origin of underclothes

First recorded in 1825–35; under- + clothes

Also called un·der·cloth·ing [uhn-der-kloh-th ing] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊ ðɪŋ/.

underwear

[ uhn-der-wair ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌwɛər /

noun

clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes.

Origin of underwear

First recorded in 1870–75; under- + wear

Also called underclothes, underclothing.

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British Dictionary definitions for underclothing

underclothes

/ (ˈʌndəˌkləʊðz) /

pl n

a variant of underwear Also called: underclothing

underwear

/ (ˈʌndəˌwɛə) /

noun

clothing worn under the outer garments, usually next to the skinAlso called: underclothes
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Word Origin and History for underclothing

underwear

n.

1872, from under + wear (n.). So called because it is worn under one's clothing.

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