Main meanings of bikini in English

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Pronunciation /bɪˈkiːni/

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nounplural noun bikinis

  • A two-piece swimming costume for women.

    ‘Karen put on a yellow sun dress over her bikini’
    • ‘a bikini top’
    • ‘It may be winter outside, but Marks & Spencer is hotting up with fantastic bikinis, swimsuits, tankinis and dresses to flatter all.’
    • ‘A lot of hardy Scots braved what were chilly conditions and sported swimming costumes and even bikinis.’
    • ‘Some of the great sparkling looks came in tiny swimsuits or two-piece bikinis studded with silver nail heads including crocheted white suits.’
    • ‘I take two or more bikinis / swimming costumes when I go on holiday as its nice to change into a dry suit rather than sit around in a wet one and get all sandy.’
    • ‘After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.’
    • ‘Julia pulled out a pink bikini top and a mini skirt with a tropical design.’
    • ‘Both were dressed in mini skirts and tank tops with their bikini straps clearly visible.’
    • ‘Many traditional Samoan villages ban beach wear such as bikinis and swimming suits.’
    • ‘All she could see though, was a fairly pretty girl wearing a tight mini-skirt and a white bikini top.’
    • ‘A girl in ripped up jean shorts and a bikini top came barreling out of the house and down the steps toward us.’
    • ‘The look is long and lean; a mix of retro and ultra modern with crocheted bikinis, hole-infested frocks and horizontal striped tube knit dresses.’
    • ‘Walking hand in hand, we passed several other people on roller skates, in bikinis and swimming trunks, with shopping bags in their hands and all.’
    • ‘I abandoned my shirt for my floral bikini top and my little white tennis shoes for sandals.’
    • ‘Blending imaginative colour and functional elements, new bathing costumes and bikinis are spectacular eye-catchers.’
    • ‘More fluid designs and flowers bloomed all over the catwalks, on everything from chiffon dresses and silk wraps to shirts, bikinis and kaftans.’
    • ‘I was wearing a plain black bikini top, with jean shorts over the bikini bottoms.’
    • ‘Its residents long for the freedoms they relinquished so many decades ago, and to join in the liberty and freedom of spirit represented by bikinis and Speedo swim-suits.’
    • ‘The bikini bottom had strings that tied together at the sides to keep it on, and the bikini top was halter style.’
    • ‘For example, in Japan fifty years ago it was considered vulgar to swim in a swimming suit but now bikinis are the norm.’
    • ‘She had long blonde hair tied up in a high pony tail, with jeans on and a gold bikini top.’


1940s named after Bikini, where an atom bomb was exploded in 1946 (because of the supposed ‘explosive’ effect created by the garment).

Main meanings of Bikini in English

: bikini1Bikini2


Pronunciation /bɪˈkiːni/

See synonyms for Bikini on

Translate Bikini into Spanish

proper noun

  • An atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the western Pacific, used by the US between 1946 and 1958 as a site for testing nuclear weapons.