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 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 Think of your favorite bicycle shorts as a summer outdoor workhorse of your wardrobe, like jeans in the fall or your go-to white button-up. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, 10 Aug. 2020 Editor's note: These bicycling shorts are out of stock. Locke Hughes, NBC News, 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, 4 Nov. 2019 There are style icons who religiously adhere to fashion trends—tie-dye, bicycle shorts, and dad sneakers. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, 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, 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, 21 Mar. 2019 The midriff-baring tops and bicycle shorts in Zadeh’s collection would look outlandish there. Maya Singer, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bicycle shorts

1976, in the meaning defined above

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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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