Definition of bra burner in US English:

bra burner


  • A feminist perceived as militant in the struggle for women's rights.

    • ‘The Radcliffe Institute's outlook, however, owes more to the bra burners than to the responsible feminists.’
    • ‘In years gone by it was gays in the military or welfare queens or draft dodgers or bra burners or whatever.’
    • ‘She is now seen as some sort of left wing bra burner on the right.’
    • ‘People seem to think that feminism was about suffragettes or bra burners; with the emphasis on the ‘was’.’
    • ‘Its radicalism and politics of rejection also have clear parallels in other civil rights movements: the Black Panthers, the feminist bra burners, and the century-old debates over whether to seek integration or separation.’


From the mid 20th-century urban legend of women of burning bras to symbolize freedom from societal restraints.