from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. undergarments, underwear, drawers
- n. breeches, trousers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The breeches; trousers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Trousers or breeches, as an article of dress not to be mentioned in polite circles; inexpressibles.
Thus euphemisms are used for undergarments, notably those in touch with the intimate parts, or even, as in the case of the word unmentionables, the trousers worn above these.
Don Sharp Springfield, Missouri Speaking of the Unmentionables In the nineteenth century, the Age of Euphemism, the word unmentionables designated only one specific referent -- men's trousers.
We found it with contraceptive devices, trusses and other 'unmentionables' and even though everyone understood what a 'jockstrap' was, even its polite name of 'male support' couldn't be seen here.
Figuring if they wanted to look in a bag I would pull the duffle out and open it revealing a totally unreasonable amount of footwear, the next thing had "unmentionables" in full view ... they didn't want to look at anything and told me to have a good summer. jerezano
In the pilot episode the young and attractive Bridget Hanley is hanging her laundry on the deck of her sailing ship and Bobby Sherman asks her why she is showing the crew her "unmentionables," to which she replies: "They know I wear it, why shouldn't they know I wash it?"
This is not about "unmentionables" but rather a different visual unmentionable: the pictures of our current wars dead, wounded, and dying.
Strolling down the "unmentionables" isle my mom spotted a mannequin whose lovely if not somewhat daring nightie had slipped off her shoulder exposing her fake breast.
The "co-author" who is reportedly hard at work on Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter actually managed to capture Austen's authorial voice quite well most of the time, to the point that many of the references to the "unmentionables" actually flowed quite naturally.
Let me briefly respond: First, neither I, nor Mr. Katznelson, nor anyone else associated with us has had anything to do with smuggling 'unmentionables' in to these men, nor would we ever do so.
His dresser drawers are mostly full of military issued socks, hankies, brown T-shirts, green T-shirts, the new under armor type things, PT uniforms, and "unmentionables".