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[uhn-der-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
clothes worn under outer clothes.
Also called underclothing
[uhn-der-kloh-th ing] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊ ðɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of underclothes
1825-35; under- + clothes Unabridged
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  • Wanted a chance to wash himself well, and put on the underclothes.
  • Then add the other clothes, rolling those that don't wrinkle easily, including underclothes.
  • So, people had begun wearing underclothes of washable linen and wanted to decorate the cuffs and collars.
  • So short of money was she, she claimed to be going around without underclothes.
  • They all had lice in their underclothes since they couldn't take baths in their barracks.
  • Do not destroy or discard your clothing, your underclothes, or sheets and towels you may have used.
  • Bedding, clothing, underclothes and linens should be laundered and heat dried.
  • Soldiers slept in their clothes, bathed in their underwear, and went as long as six weeks without changing their underclothes.
  • Her knee high stockings were partially burned off, and she did not have on underclothes.
  • He made me sit outside wearing my underclothes only.
British Dictionary definitions for underclothes


plural noun
a variant of underwear Also called underclothing
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