body·​suit | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌsüt How to pronounce bodysuit (audio) \
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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Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Jason Derulo, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward, Judi Dench, Idris Elba and more are seen in the two-and-a-half minute clip, all decked in feline makeup, cat ears and furry bodysuits. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "'Cats' Trailer Transforms Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson & More Into Furry Felines: Watch," 18 July 2019 From that iconic Versace dress to sparkling bodysuits galore, Jennifer Lopez has always known how to turn heads both on stage and on the red carpet. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez to Be Honored With the Fashion Icon Award at the 2019 CFDA Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 The line is divided into four categories: On the Reg (T-shirt bras), U Cute (lacy details), Damn (corsets, bodysuits), and Black Widow (crotchless panties). Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Rihanna’s Fenty Lingerie Is Here! Complete With Whips and Handcuffs.," 11 May 2018 The dancers, in genderless bodysuits, scraggly wigs and witch-nosed masks, bang on a conference table, voicelessly debating with emphatic gestures, and leaps and kicks onto and over the table. Lauren Warnecke,, "SummerDance Celebration was a perfect day in the park, plus a plea for Chicagoans to see more dance indoors this fall," 24 Aug. 2019 Although all brands sell the same basics, including bodysuits, pajamas and dresses, there are subtle differences. Washington Post, "Billion-dollar baby: How Carter’s became a staple of just about every child’s wardrobe," 25 July 2019 In a back room, six nude-colored bodysuits, designed to simulate a potbelly and thick haunches, hang on a rack like synthetic rotisserie chickens. Marella Gayla,, "In Somerville, a powerhouse of custom costume-making for Boston and beyond," 4 July 2019 For decades, stylish women have worn bodysuits with leather skirts and tailored pants on date nights and at fashion weeks around the world. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Why Not Wear Your Favorite Lingerie Out and About This Summer?," 14 June 2019 Later that month, Davis posted a picture on her account posing in a lacy one-piece black bodysuit. Molly Knight, Marie Claire, "NFL Cheerleaders Shamed for Being Too Sexy—and Not Having Sex at All," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of bodysuit

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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