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[swim-soot] /ˈswɪmˌsut/
1925-30; swim + suit Unabridged
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  • Splurge on a room with wood-burning fireplace, and bring a swimsuit for the outdoor pool.
  • Each prospective model then fills out a short questionnaire and changes into whatever lingerie or swimsuit she brought to pose in.
  • Try not to look surprised when you discover him sitting with a lady in a green swimsuit.
  • Quietly he changed into a swimsuit and went back to the river to immerse himself and cool his body.
  • Beach towels make a larger fashion statement than your swimsuit.
  • Put on a stylish swimsuit in which you feel comfortable and confident.
  • You'll probably buy or wear a swimsuit over the next three days.
  • As a general rule, a swimsuit is the required attire for use in an aquatic facility's water areas.
  • Briskly dry off with a towel as soon as you come out of the water, including the skin under the swimsuit.
  • Proper swimsuit attire required for gate admission, including wading pool.
British Dictionary definitions for swimsuit


/ˈswɪmˌsuːt; -ˌsjuːt/
a woman's one-piece swimming garment that leaves the arms and legs bare
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Word Origin and History for swimsuit

1934, from swim + suit (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for swimsuit

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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