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bathing suit

[bey-th ing] /ˈbeɪ ðɪŋ/
noun
1.
a garment worn for swimming.
Also called swimsuit.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for bathing-suit

bathing suit

/ˈbeɪðɪŋ/
noun
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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Encyclopedia Article for bathing-suit

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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