Definition of stocking in English:



  • 1A women's garment, typically made of translucent nylon or silk, that fits closely over the foot and is held up by suspenders or an elasticated strip at the upper thigh.

    • ‘Common gifts were jewels, gloves, silk stockings, flowers, garters, handkerchiefs, and paperweights.’
    • ‘After the corset came stockings, three petticoats, and a pure white overdress.’
    • ‘The short, light green dress exposed her stockings and suspenders and her long, slim legs.’
    • ‘Other articles were put on, as were petticoats, stockings and fluffy under-skirts.’
    • ‘Women were issued a special page of coupons for one pair of fully fashioned silk stockings every six months.’
    • ‘She was by no means a classic beauty but was eager to enhance her allure with her power suits and slightly risqué conversation, which included the revelation that she wore stockings and suspender belt.’
    • ‘Sometimes he told her to come to his home wearing stockings and suspenders.’
    • ‘Sexy does not have to mean stockings and suspenders or some feeble excuse for a top, with a teeny, weeny micro skirt.’
    • ‘She wore a gown of purple georgette, silk stockings and high-heeled shoes.’
    • ‘A Vettriano woman wears stockings and suspenders, never tights.’
    • ‘The delicate cycle, which uses a slower and gentler spin intensity, is for laundering lingerie, stockings and other garments that are normally handwashed.’
    • ‘Minutes later, the silk stockings and shoes turned up at the hotel and were quickly redirected to the Register Office just in time for the ceremony.’
    • ‘A murder trial was told that she, wearing stockings and suspenders, bludgeoned him to death while her four-year-old daughter, Amy, played in the garden.’
    • ‘She was referring to the picture of myself dressed in a basque, stockings, suspenders and a thong that circulated on everybody's mobile phone.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a suspender belt, stockings and wearing rubber gloves which he liked.’
    • ‘Any woman will understand the pure sensual pleasure of silk stockings, or even just really fine denier nylon, if she has ever tried them.’
    • ‘I have experimented with Suspender Tights, which are tights with all the bits cut out around the top of the leg, so that they are like stockings & suspenders all in one.’
    • ‘The undergarments included stockings, petticoats, drawers, and a corset.’
    • ‘She put it on with distaste then pulled on her pale beige silk stockings, hooking them on with garters.’
    • ‘He adds that the lady was wearing nylons: ‘I tried it with silk stockings, but that didn't give a good rendering at all.’’
    nylons, stay-ups
    hosiery, hose
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    1. 1.1
      • ‘This is the season of toasted marshmallows and stockings above the fireplace.’
    2. 1.2US archaic A long sock worn by men.
      • ‘Men wore stockings with britches before women ever wore stockings.’
      • ‘Thus, a miller in apron and shirtsleeves would not be confused with a magistrate in frock coat, knee breeches, and silk stockings.’
      • ‘Not for nothing is Alastair clad in the finest cloth, his plaid trimmed in gold, his stockings tied with silk garters.’
    3. 1.3[usually with modifier]A cylindrical bandage or other medical covering for the leg resembling a stocking, especially an elasticated support used in the treatment of disorders of the veins.
      ‘a compression stocking’
      • ‘For those especially concerned about DVT, he recommends wearing support stockings, which helps push the blood through the legs better.’
      • ‘Further recommendations include offering passengers flight compression stockings and low-dose aspirin as preventive measures.’
      • ‘Elevating your legs and wearing support stockings can help ease any discomfort.’
      • ‘Wear support stockings, which you can buy at most drugstores.’
      • ‘During the flight, patients can take preventive measures by staying well hydrated, exercising and wearing elastic compression stockings.’
      • ‘Wearing support stockings may also be helpful.’
      • ‘After either treatment, you will have to wear support stockings or elastic bandages for several weeks.’
      • ‘The patient had used compression stockings faithfully during pregnancy 10 years earlier.’
      • ‘Graded elastic compression stockings have been associated with a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of postphlebitic syndrome.’
      • ‘It's hard enough to get people to use their canes or to wear unfashionable support stockings.’
      • ‘Most people are asked to wear support stockings to help maintain the blood flow in the veins of the legs during and after the procedure.’
      • ‘The interviewing nurse also explains the need for compression stockings or sequential compression devices to prevent deep vein thrombosis.’
      • ‘Compression stockings or subcutaneous heparin should be employed to prevent DVTs.’
      • ‘To reduce this risk, most people are asked to wear compression stockings to help maintain the blood flow in the veins of the legs during and soon after the procedure.’
      • ‘No other anticoagulant or antiplatelet agents were allowed, but all patients were to make use of graduated compression stockings and physical therapy.’
      • ‘Applying pressure by support stockings to keep the varicose veins from filling is the first line of treatment.’
      • ‘In this study, use of elastic compression stockings provided effective prevention of DVT formation.’
      • ‘Patients with a deep vein thrombosis should wear compression stockings as the rate of post-thombotic syndrome may be reduced.’
      • ‘Although compression stockings reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis in other groups of high risk patients, this has not been confirmed in stroke.’
      • ‘Elastic compression stockings also are useful, but only in low-risk patients.’
    4. 1.4A white marking of the lower part of a horse's leg, extending as far as, or just beyond, the knee or hock.
      ‘a bright bay with white stockings’
      • ‘While Belochamp was almost a uniform gray except for his white mane and tail, Theram had a white star and stockings on both his hind legs.’
      • ‘Therefore I prefer horses without white stockings.’
      • ‘When they arrived at Bay Star's stall, they saw her licking a chestnut foal with four white stockings and a white stripe down its chest.’


Late 16th century: from stock in the dialect sense ‘stocking’+ -ing.