Here is a glossary of lingerie words with definitions.
Boxer Shorts - Boxer shorts are a type of men's underwear that are in the style of loose fitting shorts with an elasticated waist.
Bra - A bra is an item of women's underwear that has two cups that covers or partially covers the woman's breasts.
Bra Band Size - A bra band size is the underbust measurement around the body in inches. To determine the band size add 4ins. if the measurement obtained is an even number of inches. or add 5ins. if the measurement obtained is an odd number of inches. For example, if your underbust measurement is 31ins. add 5ins. to obtain bra size 36, or, if your underbust measurement is 30ins. add 4ins. to obtain bra size 34.
Bra Cup Size - A bra cup size is calculated by finding the difference between the overbust measurement and the bra band size. Cup sizes are identified by letters of the alphabet ranging from AA, A , B, C, D, DD and upwards.
Brassiere - A brassiere is an item of women's underwear that has two cups that covers or partially covers the woman's breasts.
Corselette - A corselette is an undergarment combining the functions of a brassiere and a girdle all in one.
Lingerie - Lingerie is the french word for women's undergarment or underwear.
Longline bra - A longline bra is a bra with a wider band covering the area under the breasts down to the waist or tummy.
Magic Knickers - Magic Knickers are underwear that helps to flatten the bum, tum or thighs and can help to shape the waist. They usually have elastane in the fabric to help to flatten and smooth out the contours of the body.
Maternity bra - A maternity bra has cups that open so that breast-feeding is possible.
Nursing bra - A nursing bra has cups that open so that breast-feeding is possible.
Padded bra - A padded bra is used to enhance breast size and shape as a push up bra will lift the breasts and push them closer together to enhance the cleavage.
Push up bra - A push up bra is used to enhance breast size and shape as a push up bra will lift the breasts and push them closer together to enhance the cleavage.
Racerback bra - A racerback bra has a y-shaped back that curves in between the shoulder blades.
Sports bra - A sports bra is a bra that gives support to help control the breasts so that they do not move about too much during sport. Most provide motion control as well as the ability to wick away moisture to keep you cool and dry.
Underwire bra - An underwire bra is a bra that has covered wire under the cups.