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.

1825–35; noun use of tight; see -s3

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tights (taɪts)
pl n
1.  a.  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
 b.  (US), (Canadian) Also called: leotards a similar, tight-fitting garment worn instead of trousers by either sex
2.  a similar garment formerly worn by men, as in the 16th century with a doublet

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Word Origin & History

1827, "tight-fitting breeches," from tight. Meaning "skin-tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc." is attested from 1836
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Example sentences
Had to ask someone who works for my office to not come dressed in hus running
It also crosses seasons by being paired with tights and boots in the winter and
  sandals in the summer.
Forget portly tenors in tights and spear-wielding sopranos.
And it covers your rear view with tights or leggings, too.
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