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leotard

[lee-uh-tahrd] /ˈli əˌtɑrd/
noun
1.
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
1915-1920
1915-20; named after Jules Léotard, 19th-century French aerialist
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for leotard

leotard

/ˈlɪəˌtɑːd/
noun
1.
a tight-fitting garment covering the body from the shoulders down to the thighs and worn by acrobats, ballet dancers, etc
2.
(pl) (US & Canadian) another name for tights (sense 1b)
Word Origin
C19: named after Jules Léotard, French acrobat
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Word Origin and History for leotard
n.

1881, leotards, named for Jules Léotard (1830-1870), popular French trapeze artist, who performed in such a garment.

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