brassière

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brassière (plural brassières)

  1. Alternative form of brassiere

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French braciere (originally a lining inside armor to protect the arm, but later a garment), from brace (arm), from Latin bracchia, plural of Latin bracchium, from Ancient Greek βραχίων (brakhíōn)

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brassière f (plural brassières)

  1. child's vest
  2. (nautical) life jacket
  3. (dated outside Quebec) brassiere, bra
    Synonym: soutien-gorge

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The use of this word, notably in Quebec French, in the sense of the English brassiere is an anglicism, and a back-formed false friend.

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