One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A covering for a person's genitals, typically worn by erotic dancers or tribal peoples.
- ‘This volume with over 200 colour illustrations presents Ghysel-selected belts and cache-sexe from Africa, Oceania and America.’
- ‘Breasts were trapped in little cache-sexe lace tops or bras, although that is probably too conventional a term to describe a pair of sheer triangles.’
- ‘A cache-sexe is a triangle of cloth with strings at each corner, very much like a club dancer's G-String, but worn by both sexes in places like L' Ile du Levant.’
- ‘They wore nothing but their belts and cache-sexes of dried palm leaves.’
- ‘That particular summer a favorite bathing costume for young women at Cannes consisted of a small cache-sexe, or basic triangle, plus two round patches at a higher level which were attached to the wearer by suction or glue or will power, I'm not sure which.’
- ‘It is also worth noting that the waistband plus a cache-sexe, coupled with a string through the posterior rugae produces the g-string; whereas a waistband and full back produces the string bikini bottom.’
- ‘Although today, fiber cache-sexes have almost entirely disappeared, traditions using similar techniques survived in West Africa into the twentieth century.’
- ‘The man, wearing only a belt from which a white handkerchief hung as a cache-sexe, his neck adorned with blue and red beads, was hopping about like a bird and brandishing a rusty machete.’
- ‘He, having borrowed Victoria's thongs, would have managed with no trouble, but every way I tried to step into my cache-sexe there was one piece of elastic too many.’
- ‘There also existed a triangular garment secured with strings called a cache-sexe, or ‘modesty apron,’ prevalent in many African cultures.’
1920s: from French, from cacher ‘to hide’ and sexe ‘genitals’.
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