Definitions

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

  • noun A women's topless swimsuit consisting of a brief, close-fitting bottom.

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  • noun The lower part of a bikini worn without the upper part (i.e., worn bare-breasted).

Etymologies

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

[French : mono-, mono- + (bi)kini, bikini (taken as a compound of bi-, bi- and -kini, since a bikini has two pieces); see bikini.]

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From French monokini, from mono- + (bi)kini, punningly interpreting the first syllable of "bikini" as the prefix bi-.

Examples

  • There is an interesting side note here in that there exists a kind of one piece bathing suit called a monokini, as if the leading B I of bikini meant bi as in "two" for the two pieces of the bikini.

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  • The only way to properly shorten the term (while keeping its self-referential qualities intact) would be to call it a "monokini" graph, but this would likely be confusing as well, since so few Americans have been exposed (pun intended) to the French "monokini" on their local beaches.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

  • The only way to properly shorten the term (while keeping its self-referential qualities intact) would be to call it a "monokini" graph, but this would likely be confusing as well, since so few Americans have been exposed (pun intended) to the French "monokini" on their local beaches.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

  • The only way to properly shorten the term (while keeping its self-referential qualities intact) would be to call it a "monokini" graph, but this would likely be confusing as well, since so few Americans have been exposed (pun intended) to the French "monokini" on their local beaches.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

  • July 7th, 2009 LONDON - English lingerie model Abbey Clancy was spotted struggling to keep the 'monokini' she was wearing in place, as she soaked up the sun on a luxury yacht.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • July 7th, 2009 LONDON - English lingerie model Abbey Clancy was spotted struggling to keep the 'monokini' she was wearing in place, as she soaked up the sun on a luxury yacht.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Her £450, mirror-trimmed "monokini" was designed by Melissa Odabash, the American designer, based in London, who knows how to turn a swimsuit into the hottest thing since

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • And Snooki's garish animal print ensemble was more 'monokini', with a cut out central panel.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Gernreich's "monokini" and everything mod, Feng-Feng's attention to silhouette and obsession with elastic result in an effortlessly chic collection of innerwear as outerwear.

    NYT > Home Page

  • My teenage daughter of course wants a two piece bikini because that's the style all of her friends wear, but I usually make her get a monokini which is a bit less revealing.

    Christy's Coffee Break

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