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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Undergarment A garment designed to be worn under another piece of clothing.  This is also referred to as lingerie or underwear.
Under Liner, Underliner An underliner is any undergarment that begins at the waist and extends down past the mid-calf. An underliner can be loose fitting and worn as a slip for unlined pants, or it can be form-fitting to slim and smooth the legs.

Clothing or an article of clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing. Examples of underwear include: briefs, boxers, panties, bras etc.

Under Wire, Underwire A strip of flatted steel wire (or other man-made material) sewn into the underside of each cup of a bra, used for support and shape.
Under Wire Bra, Underwire Bra An under wire bra has a wire that runs under the cups for extra support.
Unfinished Edges, Unfinished Hem In a piece of clothing, the edges of the fabric are "unfinished" or not hemmed.  This is usually done with lightweight slinky knits which need to drape softly or give a lightweight, floaty look.  Finishing the edge of the slinky knit would add weight and bulk, completely changing or ruining the intended look. 
Unmentionable, Unmentionables

This means lingerie or underwear.  This phrase became popular in the 19th century when it was considered improper to mention the name of an undergarment by its actual name in public.

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Service Weight
A hosiery product that will give long life and designed for people in a physical and active working situation were high stress is placed on the hosiery. Usually made with greater than 30 Denier nylons thread.

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.