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underclothes

[uhn-der-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
clothes worn under outer clothes.
2.
Also called underclothing
[uhn-der-kloh-th ing] /ˈʌn dərˌkloʊ ðɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; under- + clothes

underwear

[uhn-der-wair] /ˈʌn dərˌwɛər/
noun
1.
clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes.
Also called underclothes, underclothing.
Origin
1870-75; under- + wear
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British Dictionary definitions for underclothing

underclothes

/ˈʌndəˌkləʊðz/
plural noun
1.
a variant of underwear Also called underclothing

underwear

/ˈʌndəˌwɛə/
noun
1.
clothing worn under the outer garments, usually next to the skin Also called underclothes
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Word Origin and History for underclothing

underwear

n.

1872, from under + wear (n.). So called because it is worn under one's clothing.

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