leotard

[lee-uh-tahrd]
noun
a skintight, one-piece garment for the torso, having a high or low neck, long or short sleeves, and a lower portion resembling either briefs or tights, worn by acrobats, dancers, etc.
Compare tights.


Origin:
1915–20; named after Jules Léotard, 19th-century French aerialist

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leotard (ˈlɪəˌtɑːd)
 
n
1.  a tight-fitting garment covering the body from the shoulders down to the thighs and worn by acrobats, ballet dancers, etc
2.  (US), (Canadian) (plural) another name for tights
 
[C19: named after Jules Léotard, French acrobat]

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leotard
1886, in allusion to Jules Léotard (1830-1870), Fr. trapeze artist who performed in such a garment.
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Participants should wear a t-shirt and shorts or a leotard and have bare legs and feet.
There will be a leotard and apparel sale and informational booths.
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