body·suit | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌsüt \
plural bodysuits

Definition of bodysuit 

1 : a close-fitting one-piece garment for the torso often with sleeves … a bodysuit … of Italian-made jersey or knit. It has long sleeves, pulls on over the head, fits snugly and fastens with snaps at the crotch. This serves to replace a conventional sweater or blouse. —Carrie Donovan

2 : a usually close-fitting one-piece garment that covers most or all of the body Some of the top-selling costumes this year at the Spirit Halloween store in River Park are off the beaten path. Brightly colored bodysuits that cover the wearer from head to toe, including hands and feet, are popular sellers for adults.Fresno (California) Bee

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Read more on body positivity: Check ou the video below to watch rapper and singer Lizzo talks bodysuits and body image: Don't forget to follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter. Amy Keller Laird, Allure, "Miss America's Bikini Ban Is a Good Step, But It's Not Enough," 14 June 2018 Also, a haunting — and nearly show-stealing — look consisted of a blue bodysuit festooned with a half-dozen doves frozen in mid-flight. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Not to mention her dancers, who are dressed in leather bodysuits. Rebecca Farley,, "In Washington, D.C., Taylor Swift Finally Performed "So It Goes"," 11 July 2018 The fashion statement, this time in the form of a black bodysuit with a red waistband. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Serena Williams wins in Grand Slam return," 29 May 2018 In contrast, Lady’s Instagram feed is a gold mine for retro workout inspiration: women stretching blithely in jewel-tone bodysuits; Leslie Browne practicing ballet in the 1977 film The Turning Point; a calming yoga instructional video from 1972. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Marshmallow Is a New, Female-Driven Line of Floral Bodysuits and Matching Skirts," 14 May 2018 And those boots were later fastened to a matching black bodysuit with garters. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Beyoncé Debuted a Whole New Look For Her Second Coachella Performance," 22 Apr. 2018 At least, not without men in green bodysuits propping it up. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Suave's New Campaign Reveals All the Tricks Hair Commercials Use," 4 Apr. 2018 Taco Bell teamed with teen retailer Forever 21 to create a collection of its own bodysuits, sweatshirts and hoodies. USA TODAY, "If you crave LaCroix sparkling water, maybe you'll like the swimsuit," 16 May 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bodysuit

: a piece of clothing that fits tightly and covers the body except for the legs and sometimes the arms

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