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Definition of "bikini" []

  • A very brief, close-fitting two-piece bathing suit worn by women. (noun)
  • A very brief, close-fitting bathing suit worn by men. (noun)
  • Brief underpants that reach to the hips rather than to the waist. Often used in the plural. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bikini" in a sentence
  • "Any lingering aura of weapons testing seemed to have vanished from the word bikini by the 1960s, when what was left of Bikini Atoll itself was largely forgotten."
  • "The word bikini is, in the end, a linguistic coproduction, at once Polynesian, French, and American."
  • "Sundry creative back-formations, new words built from elements of preexisting ones, have been made from the word bikini."