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Michelle Vawer, Maui Channel swimmer wearing a bikini
Swimwear commonly referred to as Speedos
Swimwear commonly referred to as Speedos

noun - Bikini is typically a women's two-piece swimsuit. One part of the attire covers the breasts and the other part covers the groin and part of or the entire buttocks, leaving an uncovered area between the two. It is often worn in hot weather, while swimming or sunbathing. The shapes of both parts of a bikini resemble women's underwear, and the lower part can range from revealing thong or g-string to briefs.

Bikini also occasionally refers to a type of tight-fitting men's swim wear. This type of swimwear includes any brand of racing swim wear especially those worn in competitive swimming, water polo, open water swimming, lifesaving and diving competitions. The popularity of the Australian Speedo (established 1928) brand racing swimsuit has led to the use of its name to refer to any racing or swim brief regardless of the manufacturer. The swimwear is made of fast-drying, form-fitting nylon and spandex (Lycra), polyester or other materials and are cut similar to underwear briefs.


Synonyms for male bikinis include Speedo, Speedos, Swim brief, Swimsuit, Competition brief, Togs, Bathers, Racing bathers, Posing briefs, Racing brief, Banana hammock, Budgie smugglers, Cossie, Swimmers, Swimming costume, Bathing costume, Bathing suit, Swimming trunks, Trunks, Grape smugglers, Sluggos

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