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Underwear refers to clothing, generally assumed to be of linen worn under everyday clothing. The term is rather subjective.

It appears that in particular men were less prudish in appearing in it during the middle ages and there are numerous images of farmworkers tilling fields wearing little more than their shirt and braies. Images of people swimming in the 15th century depicted short braies tied at the waist. There is a least one image of men's underwear that takes the form of a bikini bottom tied on one side with cords.