American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A very brief, close-fitting two-piece bathing suit worn by women.
- n. A very brief, close-fitting bathing suit worn by men.
- n. Brief underpants that reach to the hips rather than to the waist. Often used in the plural.
- From French bikini, named after the place name Bikini, from English Bikini, the name of the atoll where the United States tested nuclear weapons in July 1946; it was reckoned that the bathing suit would cause as much excitement as a nuclear bomb. This name was originally from German Bikini, the colonial name of the atoll as part of German New Guinea, and this was derived from Marshallese Pikinni. (Wiktionary)
- French, after Bikini . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word bikini is, in the end, a linguistic coproduction, at once Polynesian, French, and American.”
“Any lingering aura of weapons testing seemed to have vanished from the word bikini by the 1960s, when what was left of Bikini Atoll itself was largely forgotten.”
“Sundry creative back-formations, new words built from elements of preexisting ones, have been made from the word bikini.”
“Heidi thinks the bikini is a "throwaway piece" and also isn't sure how she feels about the headpieces -- does she like them or not?”
“The word bikini finally entered global nomenclature in the 1960s, when America’s thriving military-industrial pop culture complex would deliver bikini-clad female bombshells to the free world in song lyrics, magazine covers, movies, and Bob Hope’s USO shows.”
“Extremely attractive twenty-something blonde wearing a skimpy golden-roped string bikini is wandering through the woods alone.”
“Are we saying that when a catholic Nun wear a head covering she is forced to wear or lady dress in bikini is force to a bikini?”
“Almost worthless, as far as fitting into your bikini is concerned.”
“As to Diaz ... pretty enough and decent enough when it comes to comedic chops, but seeing her in a bikini is not enough to draw me to this film.”
“I think that all women should dress in bikini's on casual Fridays just because (do I really need a reason).”
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