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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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  • Had to ask someone who works for my office to not come dressed in hus running tights.
  • 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.
  • They are they perfect warmth with tights underneath and no bulk.
  • These tights are incredibly comfortable, warm, and have a great fit.
  • The tights pulled over the shoes, with apparently an opening for the sole.
  • The way it was shot, the performances, all the tights.
  • Pack a dressy coat and tights or other warm undergarments in case the weather turns cold on formal night.
  • These are pretty much tights but with the feet cut off.
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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