from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brief two-piece bathing suit worn by women.
French, after Bikini .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)