Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A very brief, close-fitting two-piece bathing suit worn by women.
  • noun A very brief, close-fitting bathing suit worn by men.
  • noun Brief underpants that reach to the hips rather than to the waist.

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  • noun A brief two-piece bathing suit worn by women.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, after Bikini.]

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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.

Examples

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The word bikini is, in the end, a linguistic coproduction, at once Polynesian, French, and American.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The word bikini is, in the end, a linguistic coproduction, at once Polynesian, French, and American.

    The English Is Coming!

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Sundry creative back-formations, new words built from elements of preexisting ones, have been made from the word bikini.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Sundry creative back-formations, new words built from elements of preexisting ones, have been made from the word bikini.

    The English Is Coming!

  • 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?

    Una LaMarche: Project Runway Finale: Part One Recap

  • 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?

    Una LaMarche: Project Runway Finale: Part One Recap

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

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  • # A very brief, close-fitting two-piece bathing suit worn by women.

    # A very brief, close-fitting bathing suit worn by men.

    April 16, 2011

  • Were you looking for Bikini?

    April 16, 2011

  • No, I don't eat pasta.

    April 16, 2011