Definition of two-piece in US English:



  • Denoting something consisting of two matching items.

    ‘a two-piece suit’
    • ‘Sculpted by the raking light, the bathers are russet and gold in the sun, vibrant in blue and red two-piece swimsuits, trunks, a maillot, absorbed in the folding of towels and blankets.’
    • ‘But, I was startled half to death when I pulled out a skimpy, red-white-and-blue two-piece spandex suit with a bikini-cut bottom and extra-low neck.’
    • ‘But works of art cannot be displayed as mere illustrations of social issues, equivalents to bumper stickers, advertisements and two-piece swimsuits.’
    • ‘The shop, which has been tapping into a revived Western fad for eastern clothes, sells glamorous traditional two-piece salwarkameez and sarees, mostly to white York women for evening wear, as well as jewellery and other accessories.’
    • ‘Both women looked dry and comfortable in their custom-made skintight two-piece swimsuits.’
    • ‘You had to lend me that two-piece bikini that Johnny gave you on your birthday.’
    • ‘Our policy requires surgical team members to wear bouffant-style disposable hats and two-piece scrub suits.’
    • ‘They had pajamas, two-piece pajamas - a shirt and pants.’
    • ‘With two-piece garments, such as a skirt and blouse in the same fabric, be sure to clean both pieces together at all times, even if one hasn't been worn.’
    • ‘The bank was full of its usual wealthy clientele all of whom were, in large part, wearing fancy dresses or sharp, two-piece business suits.’
    • ‘Some of the great sparkling looks came in tiny swimsuits or two-piece bikinis studded with silver nail heads including crocheted white suits.’
    • ‘It soon became apparent that he likes glittery things: he changed into a silver glitter two-piece suit and went through several glitter guitars.’
    • ‘Dressing for that was easy: a smart two-piece suit, matching hat and shoes; and the whole lot had to be worn for only a few hours, making pinching shoes and tight waistbands entirely bearable.’
    • ‘For business and other professional activities, men are expected to wear suits and ties, while women still adhere to a code that involves dresses or two-piece suits with skirts or skirts and blouses.’
    • ‘We just played Houston, and these Junior Boys fans showed up in these nylon track suits, these girls in this shiny two-piece getup.’
    • ‘Be that as it may, you must stay true blue to this regimen for six weeks - bare minimum - to enjoy the pleasures that go with wearing tight jeans, tiny dresses and two-piece swimsuits with complete confidence.’
    • ‘Beach volleyball can be a trip to watch, what with the loud music and the competitors' designer sunglasses (even at night) and the dancing girls in two-piece swimsuits during timeouts.’
    • ‘Her hair is long and curly, a light brown, half of it pulled back into a style that actual looks quite professional, especially when coupled with the pale gray two-piece jacket and skirt suit she's wearing.’
    • ‘Mother wore her new felt hat with the petersham ribbon around it and her light grey tweed two-piece costume that she had just bought for Easter.’
    • ‘Muslims in the north wear traditional long white robes and head coverings; Asian men wear white two-piece cotton suits, whereas Asian women dress in black or colored silk dresses.’


  • A thing consisting of two matching parts, especially a suit or swimsuit.

    • ‘It's a two-piece, with a sleeveless shirt and a wrap-around skirt.’
    • ‘Contemporary reports from Mustique's white sands had her down as a royal prima donna insisting on protocol even while sipping cocktails in a two-piece.’
    • ‘I was swimming in Santa Clara where the only guy is, and it was really hot that day, so all of the women were wearing two-pieces.’
    • ‘A navy two-piece with an inoffensive hat should help the day pass without incident.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, York's Elvis impersonator Eddie Vee will swap his rhinestone jumpsuit for a dapper two-piece when he takes to the stage as Buddy Holly.’
    • ‘In fact, I mostly don't ever wear two-pieces because I'm a mom and no one needs to see my belly - it's not a bad belly, but c'mon.’
    • ‘Sequins give the two-pieces a shimmery mermaid look.’
    • ‘It certainly was a lot more skimpy than the existing two-piece - a halter top and a full, high-waisted bottom, which had become the fashion for film stars such as Esther Williams in the 1930s.’
    • ‘Bathing suits are something else as well - the extravagantly colored two-pieces are joined by straps running up both sides.’
    • ‘Hotties like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch and today's Sports Illustrated girls have virtually made careers out of wearing two-pieces, and it's impossible to deny the influence the itsy-bitsy suits have had on our culture.’
    • ‘She wore a yellow two-piece, which matched my yellow trunks.’
    • ‘Skye shrugged as she adjusted the shoulder straps of her green two-piece.’
    • ‘She eventually managed to find a shop which sold swimwear, and chose a black two-piece which she could not imagine herself wearing.’
    • ‘Most males wore navy suits with gold or cream shirts, while women wore black and gold two-pieces.’
    • ‘Maggie and I had opted for one-piece suits - mine in blue, hers in orange - while Nica went for a two-piece in purple and yellow.’
    • ‘Once she was sure there was nothing else to do around the room, Liz grabbed her black two-piece halter bathing suit off the bed and headed to the bathroom to change.’
    • ‘I tried on a floral two-piece which made me look like an oversized napkin in a serviette ring.’
    • ‘Schön sets herself apart by using wonderful ‘non-colors ‘and several free and easy two-pieces sporting horizontal stripes in black and white.’’
    • ‘Salvatore Ferragamo has come out with two-pieces with peek-a-boo stripes.’
    • ‘Although it was technically a two-piece, Andy's bathing suit was modest; only showing a hint of cleavage and skimming fully over her hips.’



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