Definition of Bikini in English:

Bikini

proper noun

  • An atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the western Pacific, used by the US between 1946 and 1958 as a site for testing nuclear weapons.

Pronunciation:

Bikini

/bɪˈkiːni/

Definition of bikini in English:

bikini

noun

  • A two-piece swimming costume for women.

    ‘Karen put on a yellow sun dress over her bikini’
    [as modifier] ‘a bikini top’
    • ‘Both were dressed in mini skirts and tank tops with their bikini straps clearly visible.’
    • ‘The bikini bottom had strings that tied together at the sides to keep it on, and the bikini top was halter style.’
    • ‘I take two or more bikinis / swimming costumes when I go on holiday as its nice to change into a dry suit rather than sit around in a wet one and get all sandy.’
    • ‘A girl in ripped up jean shorts and a bikini top came barreling out of the house and down the steps toward us.’
    • ‘Walking hand in hand, we passed several other people on roller skates, in bikinis and swimming trunks, with shopping bags in their hands and all.’
    • ‘Julia pulled out a pink bikini top and a mini skirt with a tropical design.’
    • ‘Blending imaginative colour and functional elements, new bathing costumes and bikinis are spectacular eye-catchers.’
    • ‘It may be winter outside, but Marks & Spencer is hotting up with fantastic bikinis, swimsuits, tankinis and dresses to flatter all.’
    • ‘After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.’
    • ‘For example, in Japan fifty years ago it was considered vulgar to swim in a swimming suit but now bikinis are the norm.’
    • ‘Some of the great sparkling looks came in tiny swimsuits or two-piece bikinis studded with silver nail heads including crocheted white suits.’
    • ‘She had long blonde hair tied up in a high pony tail, with jeans on and a gold bikini top.’
    • ‘Its residents long for the freedoms they relinquished so many decades ago, and to join in the liberty and freedom of spirit represented by bikinis and Speedo swim-suits.’
    • ‘I abandoned my shirt for my floral bikini top and my little white tennis shoes for sandals.’
    • ‘All she could see though, was a fairly pretty girl wearing a tight mini-skirt and a white bikini top.’
    • ‘A lot of hardy Scots braved what were chilly conditions and sported swimming costumes and even bikinis.’
    • ‘Many traditional Samoan villages ban beach wear such as bikinis and swimming suits.’
    • ‘More fluid designs and flowers bloomed all over the catwalks, on everything from chiffon dresses and silk wraps to shirts, bikinis and kaftans.’
    • ‘The look is long and lean; a mix of retro and ultra modern with crocheted bikinis, hole-infested frocks and horizontal striped tube knit dresses.’
    • ‘I was wearing a plain black bikini top, with jean shorts over the bikini bottoms.’

Origin

1940s: named after Bikini, where an atom bomb was exploded in 1946 (because of the supposed ‘explosive’ effect created by the garment).

Pronunciation:

bikini

/bɪˈkiːni/