Definition of brassiere in English:



  • full form of bra
    • ‘Women bunged their brassieres on the brazier as a symbolic gesture - they weren't going to be reined in anymore by men or by a bit of frilly elastic.’
    • ‘A well-endowed model in an advertisement was used to sell virtually everything: movies, cars, fruit, coffee, brassieres and postcards.’
    • ‘I stacked my brassieres in two stacks (sports bras & others) to the left of the top cube.’
    • ‘Passing by with my daughter, we decided to buy two brassieres and a swimsuit.’
    • ‘He said her brassiere was showing and he took off his shirt and put it on her.’
    • ‘One long-gone department store in Seoul used to have a male clerk selling brassieres.’
    • ‘Across from these tiny slippers is a case that displays the evolution of the corsets and brassieres that have twisted and shaped the female figure to reflect the ever-changing ideal of what women should look like in Western culture.’
    • ‘Belly dancers wear a tight garment similar to a brassiere, and wide, flowing trousers gathered at the ankle.’
    • ‘Also this week, the United States said it would limit imports from China of knit fabrics, brassieres and dressing gowns because sales had been climbing in the U.S. market.’
    • ‘Even before the corset or the brassiere, in the Middle Ages pouches sewn in to dresses could give uplift.’
    • ‘That's right, a brassiere to conceal a hidden handgun.’
    • ‘The Miller system also included a bosom support for stout women; it could be classed as the first brassiere.’
    • ‘If 20,000 US workers involved in the production of brassieres lose their jobs to cheaper foreign producers, their loses will be outweighed by gains to 100 million American women.’
    • ‘Tourists shamed them with their stares and cameras, and all too soon they had to ask friends to bring brassieres from shops in Jakarta.’
    • ‘This was when the women's liberation movement was in full swing, and the brassiere was regarded as an offending piece of ‘body machinery’, designed by men and foisted on women.’
    • ‘Likewise, halter-necked tops require halter-necked brassieres (or strapless, depending on how low the front and back sit).’
    • ‘From September 2002 to September of this year, Chinese imports of cotton brassieres shot up 53 percent.’
    • ‘I mean, I don't think of shirts when I'm forced to stare at adverts of those newfangled strapless anti-gravity brassieres that hang on to what they are supposed to through pure force of will.’
    • ‘Yet the exhibit still reveals the intricate machinery that made the New Look work: corsets, brassieres and girdles re-emerged from decades past to discipline the female body into the latest couture creations.’
    • ‘This track, with its lilting verses and gently lifting (sounds like a brassiere, but it isn't) accordion phrase, stays in my head, tranquilizing me.’


Early 20th century: from French brassière, literally ‘bodice, child's vest’.