Hosiery

   Knitted and fitting snugly to the leg and/or foot, hosiery was knitted by hand until 1589. It was at this time that William Lee invented the first knitting machine in England. Hosiery was, and to this day still is, produced in silk, wool, and cotton. The invention of nylon, elastic fibers, and Lycra spandex had a dramatic impact on the cost, the production, and the fit and look of hosiery.
   See also Knitwear; Legwear.

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  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • Hosiery — (Bonneterie, French) Hose originally denoted a pair of close fitting breeches reaching to the knee. The application of the term to garments covering the legs below the knee was later, when power driven machinery created a great trade in knitted… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Hosiery — Ho sier*y, n. 1. The business of a hosier. [1913 Webster] 2. Stockings, in general; goods knit or woven like hose. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hosiery — stocking collectively, 1775, from HOSIER (Cf. hosier) + Y (Cf. y) (1). As factory where hose is made, from 1803 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hosiery — ► NOUN ▪ stockings, socks, and tights collectively …   English terms dictionary

  • hosiery — [hō′zhər ē] n. [< HOSIER] 1. hose; stockings and socks 2. Chiefly Brit. hose and knitted or woven underwear …   English World dictionary

  • hosiery — n. support hosiery * * * [ həʊzɪərɪ] support hosiery …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hosiery — /hoh zheuh ree/, n. 1. stockings or socks of any kind. 2. the business of a hosier. [1780 90; HOSIER + Y3] * * * Knit or woven coverings for the feet and legs, worn inside shoes. In the 8th century BC, Hesiod referred to linings for shoes; the… …   Universalium

  • hosiery — noun /ˈhoʊʒəri/ a) undergarments worn on the legs, such as socks, stockings, and pantyhose <!disputed: isnt this a hosiers ? b) a shop selling hosiery …   Wiktionary

  • hosiery — [[t]ho͟ʊziəri, AM ʒəri[/t]] N UNCOUNT You use hosiery to refer to tights, stockings, and socks, especially when they are on sale in shops. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

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