The Clothing, Lingerie and Apparel Dictionary

Clothing: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Lingerie: women's underwear, nightclothes, and intimate apparel

Apparel: Clothing, especially outer garments or attire

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A dictionary of womens clothing and lingerie clothing terms and phrases complete with definitions and links to examples....Why would someone go to all of this trouble?  The Women's Clothing and Lingerie Dictionary was started after we got really tired of not understanding what something meant when we were shopping on line. 

Depending on where we were shopping, getting product information ranged from easy to impossible.  We knew we were not the only ones that didn't know what "15 denier" meant, or "One Size", the difference between a "teddy" and a "teddiette", or if there was really a difference between a "cupless corset" and an "under bust corset", so we decided that a dictionary or glossary of commonly used terms and phrases which described lingerie, clothing, and fabrics would be very helpful. 

We surfed the web, putting together this dictionary of womens lingerie and clothing terms.  We welcome any suggestions and will continue to surf the web, adding information to the womens clothing and lingerie dictionary.  We have provided links to pictures of lingerie and clothing that seems to best illustrate the term or phrase that is defined.  Just click on any of the underlined (hyperlinked) words to see an example. 

This is not a commercial site, however, the links illustrating the terms and phrases have been provided by our various sponsors so please feel free to shop their selection if you want.  If not, just hit the back button on your browser and return to the Womens Clothing and Lingerie Dictionary.

Please send us any terms and phrases we don't have or you don't know and we'll find out what it means and add it to the dictionary.  We also want any special laundry hints and your tricks for dealing with difficult stains.  This glossary of lingerie, intimate apparel and clothing terms is a work in progress and we are trying to make this information resource for online shopping as complete as possible and your suggestions are always welcome.  Email your suggestions to:



Finding the Perfect Fitting Bra

Sexy Lingerie, Naughty Lingerie and Lingerie Club Wear

How to Care For Your Thongs, G Strings and Sexy Underwear

How to Select Sexy Lingerie

Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie - Identifying Leather

How to Care for Your Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie

Lingerie Buying Guide for Men

Lingerie Fabric Care Guide

Rhinestones and Rhinestone Jewelry

Care and Cleaning of Rhinestone Jewelry

General Fabric Care Guide

Caring for Your Spandex and Lycra Clothing

Stain Removal Guide

Garter Belts

Women's Guide to Buying Lingerie

Guide to Sexy Types of Lingerie

Guide to Thongs and G Strings

What are Boy Shorts?



**We are accepting illustrator links.  We will place a link from a word in the dictionary to a word specific product page on your site on your site in exchange for a small text link on somewhere on your home page. Links coming from the dictionary must go to specific pages which illustrate the word that is defined.  For example, a link from the word "corset" must go to a product page on your site that specifically shows a corset, giving your site a very relevant link :)  If you want to have an illustrator link, please email us at:

Contact us at: Please let us know of any lingerie or clothing names, terms, and phrases that we have missed.  We also want any special laundry hints and your tricks for dealing with difficult stains.  We are trying to make this Lingerie Dictionary a complete as possible and your suggestions are always welcome.