a woman's undergarment for supporting the breasts.
Also, brassière.
Also called bra.

1910–15; < French brassière bodice worn as an undergarment to support the breasts (now obsolete in this sense), Middle French bracieres camisole, Old French: armor for the arms, equivalent to bras arm (see brace) + -ière, suffix added to body part nouns, the resultant derivative denoting an article for that part < Latin -āria -ary Unabridged
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brassiere (ˈbræsɪə, ˈbræz-)
Often shortened to: bra a woman's undergarment for covering and supporting the breasts
[C20: from C17 French: bodice, from Old French braciere a protector for the arm, from braz arm]

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Word Origin & History

18c., "woman's underbodice," from Fr. brassière "child's chemise; shoulder strap" (17c.), from O.Fr. braciere "arm guard" (14c.), from bras "an arm," from L. bracchium (see brace). Modern use is a euphemistic borrowing in use in the garment trade by 1905.
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