ath·​lei·​sure ˈath-ˌlē-zhər How to pronounce athleisure (audio)
 nonstandard  ˈa-thə-
: casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use
Of course, athleisure has lately become a fashion buzzword, a term intended to embrace the kind of clothing that a woman might be able to wear at work, to the gym, and then to dinner.Rob Haskell
often used before another noun
Athleisure gear has reportedly unseated denim as the go-to clothing item of choice for teens.Nedra Rhone

Examples of athleisure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These leggings have the same comfort and stretch as a classic pair of athleisure leggings but feature a chic leather-looking finish for a more elevated look. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 Remember back in 2018, when Kim Kardashian would step out in full athleisure Yeezy outfits, and then the brand would use said photos for its campaigns? Christian Allaire, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2023 Back in 2015, Rihanna began her partnership with PUMA–since then many sneakers and athleisure pieces have been produced. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 30 Nov. 2023 But as the popularity of athleisure continues to grow, many non-athletic brands are getting into the game, creating more stylish pieces made of plush materials, particularly velour. Michael Loré, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Parkwood is also the parent company for athleisure clothing line Ivy Park, which recently ended its partnership with Adidas. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 Cool girl athleisure brand P.E. Nation has branched into ski attire, unveiling designs that fuse fashion and functionality. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 The $50 billion athleisure brand Lululemon was among the spate of companies that created new departments focused on diversity and inclusion in 2020. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 The simplicity of stepping into a comfortable shoe and walking right out the door is a surprising time-saver, and the stylish designs pair well with jeans and athleisure alike. Terri Peters, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


blend of athlete and leisure

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of athleisure was in 1976

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“Athleisure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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