AskDefine | Define hosiery

Dictionary Definition

hosiery n : socks and stockings and tights collectively (the British include underwear as hosiery) [syn: hose]

User Contributed Dictionary



hosier + -y


  • (US): hōʹzhərē, /ˈhoʊʒəri/, /"hoUZ@ri/


  1. undergarments worn on the legs, such as socks, stockings, and pantyhose
  1. the business of a hosier

Extensive Definition

Hosiery is knitted coverings for the legs and feet. Also referred to as legwear, hosiery describes garments worn directly on the feet and legs. The term originated as the collective term for products of which a maker or seller is termed a hosier; and those products are also known generically as hose. The term is also used for all types of knitted fabric.
Most hosiery garments are made by knitting methods. Modern hosiery is usually tight-fitting by virtue of stretchy fabrics and meshes. Older forms include binding to achieve a tight fit. Due to its close fit, most hosiery can be worn as an undergarment, but it is more commonly worn as a combined under/outer garment.




hosiery in Swedish: Trikå
hosiery in Chinese: 襪子
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