Antedating of "Brassiere"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat May 22 02:28:12 UTC 2004

brassiere (OED 1911)

1894 _Chicago Daily_ 25 Nov. 43 (ProQuest)  I dispense with it [the
corset], and I have adopted the little brace (brassiere) of such refined
elegance, in white satin.

Fred Shapiro

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