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Definitions for bikini
bɪˈki nibiki·ni

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bikininoun

    an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons

  2. bikini, two-piecenoun

    a woman's very brief bathing suit


  1. bikininoun

    A brief two-piece bathing suit worn by women.

  2. Bikininoun

    Bikini atoll.


  1. Bikini

    A bikini is a women's two-piece swimsuit that features two triangles of fabric on top that cover the breasts, and two triangles of fabric on the bottom: the front covering the pelvis but exposing the navel, and the back covering the intergluteal cleft and often the buttocks. The size of the top and bottom can vary, from bikinis that offer full coverage of the breasts, pelvis, and buttocks, to more revealing designs with a thong or G-string bottom that covers only the mons pubis, but exposes the buttocks, and a top that covers only the areolae. In May 1946, Parisian fashion designer Jacques Heim released a two-piece swimsuit design that he named the Atome ('Atom') and advertised as "the smallest swimsuit in the world". Like swimsuits of the era, it covered the wearer's belly button, and it failed to attract much attention. Clothing designer Louis Réard introduced his new, smaller design in July. He named the swimsuit after the Bikini Atoll, where the first public test of a nuclear bomb had taken place four days before. His skimpy design was risqué, exposing the wearer's navel and much of her buttocks. No runway model would wear it, so he hired a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris named Micheline Bernardini to model it at a review of swimsuit fashions.Due to its revealing design, the bikini was once considered controversial, facing opposition from a number of groups and being accepted only very slowly by the general public. In many countries, the design was banned from beaches and other public places: in 1949, France banned the bikini from being worn on its coastlines; Germany banned the bikini from public swimming pools until the 1970s, and some communist groups condemned the bikini as a "capitalist decadence". The bikini also faced criticism from some feminists, who reviled it as a garment designed to suit men's tastes, and not those of women. Despite this backlash, however, the bikini still sold well throughout the early to later 20th century, albeit discreetly.The bikini gained increased exposure and acceptance as film stars like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, and Ursula Andress wore them and were photographed on public beaches and seen in film. The minimalist bikini design became common in most Western countries by the mid-1960s as both swimwear and underwear. By the late 20th century, it was widely used as sportswear in beach volleyball and bodybuilding. There are a number of modern stylistic variations of the design used for marketing purposes and as industry classifications, including monokini, microkini, tankini, trikini, pubikini, skirtini, thong, and g-string. A man's single piece brief swimsuit may also be called a bikini. Similarly, a variety of men's and women's underwear types are described as bikini underwear. The bikini has gradually gained wide acceptance in Western society. 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.


  1. bikini

    A bikini is a two-piece swimsuit typically worn by women that consists of two parts: a bra top and a bottom piece that varies in cut and style but is generally smaller than traditional women's swim shorts. It is often used for swimming, sunbathing, or other beach or water-related activities. The design of the bikini exposes a majority of the wearer's torso, and its revealing nature is considered more suitable for warm or tropical climates. The bikini has various styles including the thong, high cut, string, and bandeau. The name originated from Bikini Atoll, where nuclear bomb testing took place in the mid-1940s, symbolizing its explosive impact on fashion at the time.


  1. Bikini

    A bikini is a type of women's two-piece swimsuit designed to provide minimal coverage of the body. One part of the attire covers the breasts and the other part covers the groin and part of or the entire buttocks, leaving an uncovered area between the two. Merriam–Webster describe the bikini as "a woman's scanty two-piece bathing suit" or "a man's brief swimsuit." It is often worn in hot weather, while swimming or sunbathing. The shapes of both parts of a bikini resemble women's underwear, and the lower part can range from revealing thong or g-string to briefs. In 1946, the term bikini was coined by Louis Réard, who named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb took place. Reard chose the name bikini because he believed the suit's revealing style would create a stir among people similar to their shock and surprise in response to America’s atomic bombing of Japan the previous summer. The bikini is perhaps the most popular type of female beachwear around the globe, according to French fashion historian Olivier Saillard due to "the power of women, and not the power of fashion". As he explains, "The emancipation of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipation of women." By the mid-2000s, bikinis had become a $811 million business annually, according to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company. The bikini has boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the suntanning industries.

Editors Contribution

  1. bikini

    Swim suit for women.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 3, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bikini in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bikini in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Paul Caiozzo:

    There's an emergence of women in leadership roles in ads, instead of being the butt of the joke or being shown in a bikini.

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  5. Ben Lyles:

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