The word hosiery is a noun. Hosiery means (1) socks and stockings and tights collectively (the British include underwear as hosiery).
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Browse this hosiery and socks manufacturer directory for information about hosiery and sock manufacturers and distributors in the United States. The photo on this page shows a jumble of colorful socks designed for children.
Founded in 1901, Hanes manufactures and markets everyday basic apparel including bras, panties, men's underwear, children's underwear, socks, hosiery, T-shirts and other activewear. Their innerwear and activewear apparel brands include Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, JMS/Just My Size, barely there, Wonderbra and Gear for Sports.
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