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[leg-ing] /ˈlɛg ɪŋ/
a covering for the leg, usually extending from the ankle to the knee but sometimes higher, worn by soldiers, riders, workers, etc.
Compare chaps, gaiter, puttee.
leggings, (used with a plural verb)
  1. close-fitting knit pants.
  2. the pants of a two-piece snowsuit.
Also, leggin
[leg-in] /ˈlɛg ɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of legging
1745-55; leg + -ing1
Related forms
legginged, adjective Unabridged
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  • Two snaps at the tee's neck and a generous elastic waistband on these playful dinosaur leggings make dressing a breeze.
  • She's also looking to strengthen her company's foothold on the popular leggings market.
  • Her fur-trimmed boots in shades of gray were a delight, paired with tunics, dresses and cool sheer chiffon leggings.
  • leggings are my answer to pajama pants during travel.
  • leggings can be as casual as jeans, worn at home or on the weekend with an oversize shirt or big sweater.
  • Spandex pants, shorts, and leggings are not permitted alone.
  • The archer wears protective leggings and a double-layered tunic.
  • Spandex pants, shorts and leggings are not permitted alone.
  • Sometimes they wore buckskin leggings, but it was not common.
  • Consider wearing high boots or protective leggings while hiking.
British Dictionary definitions for leggings


plural noun
an extra outer covering for the lower legs
close-fitting trousers worn by women and children
Derived Forms
legginged, adjective
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Word Origin and History for leggings



"extra outer covering to protect the leg," 1763, from leg (n.). Related: Leggings.

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