Definition of monokini in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌkēnē/


A woman’s one-piece beach garment equivalent to the lower half of a bikini.
Example sentences
  • Thongs, monokinis, bikinis, trikinis, pubikinis, tankinis are the revealing ‘ins’ for the first summer of the millennium.
  • These days we have bikinis, monokinis, and thongs, which should be reserved for the very young, and the very fit.
  • In the same year, the arrival of the synthetic fibre Lycra paved the way for a more radical look, with fashion designer Rudi Gernreich creating the monokini.


1960s: from mono- 'one' + a shortened form of bikini (the first syllable misinterpreted as bi- 'two').

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Syllabification: mon·o·ki·ni

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