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- n. A women's undergarment covering the torso, worn for example under short dresses or slacks.
The term was coined in the 1920s when camiknickers were introduced as a briefer garment than combinations. It is derived from camisole and knickers, effectively joining those two garments together as one. The garment re-appeared in the lingerie market in the 1990s under the name teddy or body. (Wiktionary)