The word brassiere is the full original use of the abbreviated word
The term brassiere was used by the Evening
Herald in Syracuse, New York, in 1893. It gained wider acceptance
in 1904 when the DeBevoise Company used it in their advertising copy—although
the word is actually Norman French for a child's undershirt. In French,
it is called a soutien-gorge (literally, "throat-supporter"). It and
other early versions resembled a camisole stiffened with boning. Vogue
magazine first used the term brassiere in 1907, and by 1911 the word had
made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. On 3 November 1914,
the newly formed U.S. patent category for "brassieres" was inaugurated with
the first patent issued to Mary Phelps Jacob.
In the 1930s brassiere was gradually shortened to bra.
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