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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ Not once, even in the most remote spots and island hideaways, has Diana forgotten to put on her bikini top.
▪ Preferably swathed in a scarf which can double as a belt, a bikini top - or even as a scarf.
▪ But he was wearing a bikini, a pink bikini with big black spots all over it.
▪ When I was filmed wearing a bikini, it had to have two lower halves.
▪ Most wore bikinis or swimsuits; a few were swathed in towels.
▪ Miranda, wearing a green bikini, sunned herself on the south terrace.
▪ A skinny blond in a blue-and-white-striped bikini sprayed himself with water from a plastic plant-mister.
▪ Busty women in tiny bikinis passed out fliers for this show or that one.
▪ But he was wearing a bikini, a pink bikini with big black spots all over it.
▪ It is her first one not published in January, and the first to deal specifically with the bikini in mind.
▪ Not once, even in the most remote spots and island hideaways, has Diana forgotten to put on her bikini top.
▪ Paul just knows it ... Claire tries on the bikini instead.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"low-waisted two-piece women's bathing suit," 1948, from French coinage, 1947, named for U.S. A-bomb test of June 1946 on Bikini, Marshall Islands atoll, locally Pikinni and said to derive from pik "surface" and ni "coconut," but this is uncertain. Various explanations for the swimsuit name have been suggested, none convincingly, the best being an analogy of the explosive force of the bomb and the impact of the bathing suit style on men's libidos (compare c.1900 British slang assassin "an ornamental bow worn on the female breast," so called because it was very "killing"). Bikini, ce mot cinglant comme l'explosion même ... correspondant au niveau du vêtement de plage à on anéantissement de la surface vêtue; à une minimisation extrême de la pudeur. [Le Monde, 1947]\nAs a style of scanty briefs, from 1960. Variant trikini (1967), with separate bra cups held on by Velcro, falsely presumes a compound in bi-.


n. Bikini atoll.


n. a woman's abbreviated two-piece bathing suit [syn: two-piece]


The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Réard, the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Heim, also from Paris, re-released a similar design earlier that same year, the Atome.

More revealing than a one-piece swimsuit, the bikini was slow to be adopted, and in many countries it was banned from beaches and public places. The Vatican declared it sinful. While still considered risqué, the bikini gradually became a part of popular culture when film stars— Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and others—began wearing them on public beaches and in film.

The bikini design had become common in Western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear, swimwear and underwear. By the late 20th century it had also become common as sportswear, particularly in sports such as beach volleyball and bodybuilding. By the early 2000s bikinis had become a US$811 million business annually, and boosted spin-off services such as bikini waxing and sun tanning.

Bikini (Hungarian band)

Bikini is a Hungarian rock band.

Bikini (disambiguation)

A bikini is a type of women's bathing suit.

Bikini may also refer to:

  • Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, for which the bathing suit was named
  • Bikini (Hungarian band), a Hungarian rock band
  • BIKINI state, an indication of an alert state used by the British government from 1970 to 2006

Usage examples of "bikini".

She glanced down and realized with some dismay her shoes covered more of her than the skimpy bikini did.

There was a woman sitting in a chair, her sideburns and chin smeared with dark golden wax, and there were two beautiful young women lying naked from the waist down, having their bikini lines done.

She had on cutoffs, short enough to reveal the white lining of the pockets, and her bikini top.

What splashed down through the aquamarine depths appeared to be a slender Hawaiian girl, clad in a bikini of water lilies.

Yoke put on her new purple Santa Cruz bikini and a long chartreuse T-shirt.

The bikini bottom was tied on each hip, the strings dangling and begging to be unraveled.

She plucked her tiny microphone off her bikini top and tossed it into the swimming pool.

When I returned to the dock on foot, Martha had removed her modest pantsuit, revealing herself in an immodest bikini, striped blue and white wherever there was material enough to hold a stripe.

His tirade faded when he saw her, half hidden by the vines, the bikini bottom in her hand.

The only evidence that the two girls had been on the sandbar were a few beers, some footprints, and the bikini that Mrs.

The robe teased her skin as it escaped her body, revealing her leopard-spotted bikini top and the gold-trimmed skirt.

Her bikini briefs were almost transparent with the water from the pool, and he could see the furze of blonde hair between her legs.

Pendragon to slide the bikini bottoms off her hips while her hands pushed his swim trunks over his rising shaft and down his legs until the material dropped to the floor and he stepped out of it.

She was neatly and modestly dressed in a sports bikini of the latest style, her translucent bra extended in twin peaks by finger-long cones of pinkish nipple-colored plastic.

A gleam of almost the same color came from the plastic armchair, where her discarded bikini lay.