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maillot

[mah-yoh, ma-] /mɑˈyoʊ, mæ-/
noun
1.
a close-fitting, one-piece bathing suit for women, simply styled and usually having a scoop neck and shoulder straps.
2.
tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc.
3.
a close-fitting knitted shirt, especially a pullover.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < French: bathing costume, tights, swaddling clothes, variant of earlier maillol, derivative of maille mail2
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British Dictionary definitions for maillot

maillot

/mæˈjəʊ/
noun
1.
tights worn for ballet, gymnastics, etc
2.
a woman's swimsuit
3.
a jersey
Word Origin
from French
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Word Origin and History for maillot
n.

"tight-fitting one-piece swimsuit," 1928, from French maillot "swaddling clothes," from Old French mailloel (13c.), probably an alteration of maille "mesh" (see mail (n.2)). Borrowed earlier by English in the sense of "tights" (1888).

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