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underwear

[uhn-der-wair] /ˈʌn dərˌwɛər/
noun
1.
clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes.
Also called underclothes, underclothing.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; under- + wear
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  • At first breeches indicated a cloth worn as underwear by both men and women.
  • These revivals focus on the corset as an item of outerwear rather than underwear.
British Dictionary definitions for underwear

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 underwear
n.

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

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