[Ads-l] Antedating of "Brassiere"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 15 02:30:23 UTC 2014

brassiere (OED 1911)

1909 _Leamington Spa Courier_ 12 Feb. 3/6 (British Newspaper Archive)  Jetted nets are used for entire costumes, but the paillettes are arranged in a new way.  They are almost exclusively set on in band or border designs.  Both dull and polished jet are used, sometimes massed on a brassiere or beautifully fitted belt.

Fred Shapiro
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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