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I use this word the way it is defined here, but I hear many people use it to mean only underpants/panties; i.e., to exclude brassieres and undershirts.

Also, what about slips: that aren't necessarily worn next to the skin, but they are something one WEARS UNDER 'regular' clothes. 18:20, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Second definition[edit]

I think the second definition should be marked as 'colloquial' as underwear is a general term officially and includes items such as undershirts and the like. BlackAdvisor (talk) 19:16, 30 May 2017 (UTC)