bathing suit

a garment worn for swimming.
Also called swimsuit.

1870–75 Unabridged
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bathing suit (ˈbeɪðɪŋ)
1.  a garment worn for bathing, esp an old-fashioned one that covers much of the body
2.  another name for swimming costume

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bathing suit

garment designed for wearing while swimming. Sea bathing became popular in the mid-19th century when railroads first made it possible for people to get to the beach for their vacations. The first swimsuits concealed most of the body: women wore bloomers, black stockings, and a dress with short sleeves and skirt; men wore a dark-coloured, one-piece, sleeveless garment reaching to the ankles or knees. By the early 20th century, however, men had begun to wear shorts without a top. As early as 1900 Annette Kellerman, an American swimmer, wore a loose, one-piece wool bathing suit that by about 1910 became generally acceptable for the public. A clinging one-piece swimsuit for women was introduced in France after World War I, and other swimsuit accessories were abandoned.

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Example sentences
Wear an old bathing suit, as the water often discolors whatever you're wearing.
The exhibit has an area where you can change into your bathing suit in privacy.
But nothing beats waking up on a cold winter morning, putting on a bathing suit
  and heading to the water.
For the beach itself, you'll need a bathing suit and a pair of flip-flops or
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