AskDefine | Define swimsuit

Dictionary Definition

swimsuit n : tight fitting garment worn for swimming [syn: bathing suit, swimming costume, bathing costume]

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English

Etymology

A compound of swim + suit.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A tight-fitting garment worn for swimming.
    Trisha refused to go swimming with her brother until he helped her find her favorite swimsuit.

Translations

tight-fitting garment worn for swimming

Extensive Definition

A swimsuit, bathing suit or swimming costume is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. In New Zealand English and some areas of Australian English, swimsuits are usually called togs. This term is less common in other parts of the Commonwealth where it can also refer to clothes in general. Swimsuits can be skin-tight or loosely fitting and range from garments designed to preserve as much modesty as possible to garments designed to reveal as much of the body as possible without actual nudity. They are often lined with a fabric that prevents them from becoming transparent when wet.

Swimsuits types and styles

Swimsuits are}} designed to cover at least the genitals and in most cultures women's breasts. Men's swimsuit styles are swimming trunks such as boardshorts, jammers, speedo-style briefs, thongs, g-strings or bikini. Women's swimsuits are generally either one-pieces, bikinis or thongs. The most recent innovation is the burqini, a more modest garment designed for Muslim women; it covers the whole body and head (but not face) in a manner similar to a diver's wetsuit.
The monokini, a style of swimsuit that most often takes the form of a bikini bottom without the corresponding top, leaves a woman's breasts uncovered. Monokinis are quite common in many places throughout South America
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