Definition of brassiere in US English:



  • full form of bra
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tourists shamed them with their stares and cameras, and all too soon they had to ask friends to bring brassieres from shops in Jakarta.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From September 2002 to September of this year, Chinese imports of cotton brassieres shot up 53 percent.’
    • ‘Likewise, halter-necked tops require halter-necked brassieres (or strapless, depending on how low the front and back sit).’
    • ‘Even before the corset or the brassiere, in the Middle Ages pouches sewn in to dresses could give uplift.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Belly dancers wear a tight garment similar to a brassiere, and wide, flowing trousers gathered at the ankle.’
    • ‘I stacked my brassieres in two stacks (sports bras & others) to the left of the top cube.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Miller system also included a bosom support for stout women; it could be classed as the first brassiere.’
    • ‘That's right, a brassiere to conceal a hidden handgun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A well-endowed model in an advertisement was used to sell virtually everything: movies, cars, fruit, coffee, brassieres and postcards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Passing by with my daughter, we decided to buy two brassieres and a swimsuit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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