bicycle shorts

plural noun

: tight-fitting shorts made usually of spandex with inner lining or padding and worn chiefly by bicyclists

Examples of bicycle shorts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The photogenic, high-energy pair perfectly fit the part, with their signature flowing braids, skintight bicycle shorts and peppy dance moves. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 23 Jan. 2024 And then of course, there were her athletic looks: With her bicycle shorts and oversize crewneck sweatshirts, Diana often wore quintessential ’90s tortoise oval sunglasses. Megan O'Sullivan, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 Bieber wore a chunky brown pullover sweater, brown bicycle shorts, and topped it all with an oversized vintage-style leather jacket—clearly a favorite of hers. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 9 Nov. 2023 For a pair of shorts that won’t show a single drop of sweat (especially in the black shade), opt for these fan-favorite moisture-wicking bicycle shorts from Alo Yoga made of the brand’s popular sculpting Airlift fabric. Marissa Miller, Travel + Leisure, 19 Sep. 2023 Ivy, an anesthesiologist from New Jersey, opened a gate wearing a wide-brimmed green visor and bicycle shorts. Parker Henry, The New Yorker, 3 July 2023 Nothing screams thug like a skinny person in bicycle shorts., 22 Oct. 2021 Body camera footage played inside the Chaffee County Courthouse Monday showed Barry Morphew being escorted into the home briefly after his wife’s disappearance and identifying Suzanne’s black bicycle shorts seen in a Ziploc bag. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2021 Gigi pushed 7-month-old Khai's stroller and kept her look low-key and casually for the outing, wearing a pair of muted purple bicycle shorts and a matching purple crewneck sweatshirt on the walk. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bicycle shorts was in 1976

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“Bicycle shorts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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