Definitions for union suit
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a close-fitting, knitted undergarment combining shirt and drawers in one piece and often having a drop seat.
Origin of union suit:
long underwear, union suit(noun)
an undergarment with shirt and drawers in one piece
one-piece underwear, usually long, combining drawers and long-sleeved, button-front undershirt in a single garment, with a flap in the seat that can be opened for defecation.
A union suit is a type of one-piece long underwear. Created in Utica, New York, United States, it originated as women's wear during the 19th-century United States clothing reform efforts, as an alternative to constricting garments, and soon gained popularity among men as well. The first union suit was patented in 1868 as "emancipation union under flannel". Traditionally made of red flannel with long arms and long legs, it buttoned up the front and had a button-up flap in the rear covering the buttocks, allowing the wearer to eliminate bodily waste without removing the garment. Depending on the size, some union suits can have a dozen buttons on the front to be fastened through buttonholes from the neck down to the groin area. The garment remained in common use in North America into the 20th century. As its popularity waned, it became chiefly working men's wear, increasingly replaced by two-piece long underwear, also known as "long johns". It was not uncommon until the mid-20th century for rural men to wear the same union suit continuously all week, or even all winter. Normally, no other type of underwear was worn with it.
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