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 underwear

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 underwear

underwear


n.

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

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