What is lingerie?
Tipically, term lingerie applies to fancy seductive women‘s undergarments. They are designed to be visually attractive and erotic, and are made of sheer, stretchy, flexible and other decorative materials such as silk, satin, Lycra, nylon, polyester, lace, sheer fabric, etc. Lingerie may also include certain undergarments made of cotton or synthetics
However, this term sometimes is used in a wider sense than just alluring underclothes. Archaic form of the word ‚lingerie‘ means linen articles, especially garments. Therefore sometimes all women’s undergarments collectively are called lingerie. They also may be called intimate clothing and intimates.
Alternatively, term ‚lingerie‘ may apply to underwear, sleepwear, and other items of intimate apparel worn by women.
Although originally applied for women, the term is increasingly used for either gender. Recently, alluring men‘s underwear has been introduced to the market as men‘s lingerie.
The word ‚lingerie‘ was introduced to English language from French at the end of XIX century. It derived from French ‚lin‘ or ‚linge‘ meaning linen, or washables (as in faire le linge, meaning “do the laundry”). Linge came from Latin ‚līneus‘ meaning “made of linen” and ‚līnum‘ – flax.
In French, the word lingerie applies to undergarments for both women and men. English borrowed this word in 1835 as a euphemism for ‘under-linen‘ (underclothes, especially when made of linen), which had rather shameful meaning back then. Since then the meaning has changed, as did change the undergarments.
“Lingerie” in other languages
- Arabic: مَلَابِسٌ تَـحْتِيَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: lingerie
- Chinese: 女贴身内衣
- Croatian: rublje
- Czech: dámské spodní prádlo
- Danish: lingeri
- Dutch: lingerie
- European Spanish: lencería
- Finnish: naisten alus- ja yöasut
- French: lingerie
- German: Damenwäsche
- Greek: γυναικεία εσώρουχα
- Italian: biancheria intima
- Japanese: ランジェリー
- Korean: 란제리
- Norwegian: dameundertøy
- Polish: bielizna
- Portuguese: lingerie
- Romanian: lenjerie lenjerii
- Russian: дамское белье
- Spanish: lencería
- Swedish: underkläder
- Thai: ชุดชั้นในของสตรี
- Turkish: iç çamaşırı
- Ukrainian: жіноча білизна
- Vietnamese: đồ lót phụ nữ
Types of lingerie
Bra (less common – brassiere) a close-fitting garment that helps raise and support breasts.
Camisole (also Cami) is a sleeveless, tight-fitting top made of light materials and usually having very thin shoulder straps, also called spaghetti straps (or noodle straps).
Babydoll is a loose-fitting garment that has the look of a mini dress having thin soulder straps and is typically made out soft and sheer material.
Chemise is a sleeveless, loose-fitting lingerie, which is unfitted at the waist. It is similar to the babydoll, but it fits more tightly around the hips.
Difference between camisole, babydoll and chemise:
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