from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman's undergarment worn to support and give contour to the breasts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An item of underwear worn to support the breasts; now commonly shortened to bra.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of woman's undergarment, often stiffened with wire or whalebones, or the like, and worn to cover and support the breasts; -- also called bra. It usually has straps which support it from the shoulders, but strapless variants are also made.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts
The word brassiere comes from the Old French braciere, which was a piece worn on the arm as protection.
A rummage through the Rigby & Peller archive, which is stored in silk-lined suitcases in an office above its Conduit Street store in Mayfair, shows that a lot has changed since Vogue coined the term "brassiere" in 1907.
I had once looked up the word brassiere in the dictionary, and I had been aroused: “A woman’s undergarment worn to support the breasts.”
The word brassiere first appeared in fashion bible Vogue a century ago.
Just the word brassiere, or its shortened form, bra, was enough to stimulate me, and to say to myself “Mary’s bra” was deadly.
I think that it is funny that the bra-burners forgot that originally the brassiere was a liberation for women, a step up from the corset when the country needed extra metal for the war.
Removing her brassiere is a necessary skill you must learn if you are ever to get intimate with a woman.
I resent that comment, wishiwasmerckx, my man boobs are kept fully in check with my handmade coconut shell brassiere which is painted in team colors!
Dominic Holden, news reporter at The Stranger, regrets that in an attempt to spell out the word "brassiere" in a Slog post, he mistakenly spelled it "brazier," which actually means "barbecue."
Like all the best questions .... bra is short for brassiere, which a single item, als the word is French, and they are a singular people. bra is short for brassiere which is a word for a single object, whereas any item of clothing that covers both legs separately is referred to in plural as it comprises two leg coverings put together.