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[tahyts] /taɪts/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a skin-tight, one-piece garment for the lower part of the body and the legs, now often made of stretch fabric, originally worn by dancers, acrobats, gymnasts, etc., and later made for general wear for adults and children.
a leotard with legs and, sometimes, feet.
Origin of tights
1825-35; noun use of tight; see -s3 Unabridged
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  • Their tights were of a clear shimmering blue, with silver trunks.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • See him in tights you'd think he could slip through a wedding-ring.

  • To see this theyll shock theirselves with Mademoiselle Blanche on the tight rope, in tights.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • It was not very heavy: tights, spangled skirts, faded flowers.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Women with tights appeared, and said unpleasant things; the drunken man came on, and reeled about horribly.

    The Barrier Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for tights


plural noun
  1. Also called (US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ) pantyhose. a one-piece clinging garment covering the body from the waist to the feet, worn by women in place of stockings
  2. (US & Canadian) Also called leotards. a similar, tight-fitting garment worn instead of trousers by either sex
a similar garment formerly worn by men, as in the 16th century with a doublet
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Word Origin and History for tights

1827, "tight-fitting breeches," from tight. Meaning "skin-tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc." is attested from 1836.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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