how to say “swimsuit” in Hebrew

בֶּגֶד יָם

Summer is upon us here in the northern hemisphere. One of the most important summer items is variably called a swimsuit, a bathing suit or swim trunks. All these terms focus on the action taken while donning the garment.

Hebrew’s term focuses not on the action, but on the place where the suit might be worn: the term is בגד ים , literally, garment of the sea.

For example, you might say to a group:

אל תשכחו להביא בגד ים.

Don’t forget to bring a swimsuits (literally, a swimsuit).

Here’s an example in the plural:

איפה קונים בגדי ים בזול?

Where does one buy swimsuits for cheap?

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