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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The poor man forgot he was at home in Tarascon, in his underclothes, and with a handkerchief round his head.

    Tartarin of Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • He stripped to his underclothes and turned in under the patchwork comforters.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Holcomb, in nothing but his underclothes, was lifted to the pier.

  • underclothes in some form or other are worn all the time, not so much for warmth as for cleanliness.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • Old Mrs. Shimerda knit yards and yards of lace for her underclothes.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • He took his seat in the cars, placing a valise full of underclothes on the seat next him.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • Some crazy guy loose in the park in his underclothes and the cops after him.

    Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock
  • When you change your underclothes—which should be one garment at a time—do the same thing.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • They take off all their underclothes and throw them out of the window, and we have to keep supplying them with pyjamas and shirts.

  • Only I have sometimes since that time put on my underclothes in the night, but always my own.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
British Dictionary definitions for underclothes


plural noun
a variant of underwear Also called underclothing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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