Definition of lingerie in US English:



  • Women's underwear and nightclothes.

    • ‘Suits, skirts and silky lingerie both conceal and highlight the dark side of those who wear them.’
    • ‘The new-look store also has 12 changing rooms, including four dedicated to lingerie.’
    • ‘Her field was glamour - pouting prettily in skimpy lingerie or swimwear.’
    • ‘How often are women in bikinis or lingerie found with their limbs spread, or in a come-hither pose?’
    • ‘For anyone who wants to buy me lingerie, take note of that measurement.’
    • ‘Online shopping for lingerie is becoming more and more popular and for a good reason.’
    • ‘The loads of women in lingerie is enough to turn a Broadway classic into a testosterone fest.’
    • ‘She pulled her clothes on over her lingerie and she grabbed her sneakers and slipped them on.’
    • ‘The seamless style combines opaqueness, transparency and colour for geometric lingerie.’
    • ‘Honestly, she writes well and knows her lingerie from strap to underwire and back again.’
    • ‘He also discovers that he likes to dress up in women's sexy lingerie while wearing makeup and a wig.’
    • ‘Take time to stroll through the pages and see just how beautiful the sexy lingerie is.’
    • ‘So did all the lovely young women who advertised for the sexy lingerie.’
    • ‘She makes to order, and has just taken orders for lingerie in sizes 18 and 20.’
    • ‘This section of the Boulevard is dirty, noisy, lined with shops selling cheap lingerie and leather.’
    • ‘Perhaps what really defines this classic of lingerie is its artificiality.’
    • ‘I feel like I should either be wearing some fancy Victorian nightgown, or some slutty lingerie.’
    • ‘It was cluttered with books, her lingerie and other items of clothing that were strewn about the room.’
    • ‘The line-up of lingerie on offer in Scotland's stores is overwhelming.’
    • ‘It has transcended scandals and boycotts and will always remain the most sensual article of clothing next to lingerie.’
    women's underwear, underclothes, underclothing, undergarments, nightwear, nightclothes
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Mid 19th century: from French, from linge ‘linen’.