Definition of brassiere in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrazɪə/
Pronunciation: /ˈbrazɪɛː/


Full form of bra.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

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