bicycle shorts

plural noun

Definition of bicycle shorts

: 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 Editor's note: These bicycling shorts are out of stock. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "The best workout leggings, according to fitness professionals," 23 June 2019 The site, on which six-packs of bicycle shorts, pepper spray, Keurig pods, and prefab tiny homes coexist, doesn’t resemble a traditional marketplace so much as the Mall of America after a major earthquake. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "What an Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour Reveals," 4 Nov. 2019 There are style icons who religiously adhere to fashion trends—tie-dye, bicycle shorts, and dad sneakers. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "MTV VMAs 2019: We Talked to Designer Howie B About Lizzo's Performance Look," 27 Aug. 2019 Cecilie Bahnsen does a winsome shirt dress with a high neck in the softest shade of baby pink that’s just asking to be matched with cute cropped leggings or even a pair of bicycle shorts. Vogue, "Do You Dare to Wear a Dress Over Pants? Here’s How to Do It Right," 17 Apr. 2019 Take note from Adwoa Aboah: The British model and activist spent last summer in Positano off of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and wore a pair of leopard-print bicycle shorts and an adorable straw hat with statement platforms. Vogue, "Spring Break Forever! Shop the Best Vacation Style From Around the Globe," 21 Mar. 2019 The midriff-baring tops and bicycle shorts in Zadeh’s collection would look outlandish there. Maya Singer, Vogue, "I Took Bangladeshi Photographer Activist Taslima Akhter to New York Fashion Week—Here’s What Happened," 5 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, Kylie took to her favorite social media app to share her first proper selfie of 2018 while wearing a giant black hoodie, bicycle shorts, and black-and-white boots. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Kylie Jenner's Valentine's Day Selfie Is Honestly Better Than Roses and Chocolate," 14 Feb. 2018 Jenner was wearing black bicycle shorts and black top, covered by a beige jacket. Stephanie Petit,, "Kylie Jenner Steps Out for the First Time Since Welcoming Daughter Stormi," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bicycle shorts

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Bicycle shorts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bicycle shorts

: short pants that fit close to the body and that people sometimes wear when they ride a bicycle

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