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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To clouds of falling white petals, dancers clad in patterned bodysuits twisted gracefully to the clicking sound of a metronome. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 To keep things modest on the red carpet, Stone wore nude undergarments (or perhaps a bodysuit?) under the sheer ensemble and finished the look with a pair of metallic strappy heels. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Emma Stone Looks Radiant in a Sheer Louis Vuitton Gown at the Venice Film Festival," 31 Aug. 2018 There are also tank tops, crops tops, and bodysuits in the same amazing, soft-stretch knit fabric. Amy Hou, Glamour, "The Women's Underwear a Lingerie Editor Buys in Bulk," 6 Aug. 2018 For example, institute investigators developed a bodysuit called a Regent, which resists the movement of muscles and helps to strengthen them. Elizabeth Howell,, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 It will still be focused on basics, Heattech's bread and butter (think bodysuits, T-shirts, leggings, and, yes, underwear), but with that Wang twist (like neon green accents). Ana Colón, Glamour, "Alexander Wang Designed a Line for Uniqlo's Heattech, and Everything Is Under $50," 24 Oct. 2018 Fast forward and Lopez sports a violet body-cinching skirt suitl then a white bodysuit complete with Manolo Blahnik x Rihanna denim cuissardes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Relive All the Best Fashion From Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Music Videos," 20 Aug. 2018 Thierry Mugler knitted bodysuit, corset, and pant; Lady Grey Ovoid Earrings, $384, available at Lady Grey; Sophia Webster Jumbo Lilico Sandal, $650, available at Sophia Webster., "Carole Radziwill Doesn't Care If She's Your Favorite Real Housewife," 11 June 2018 In total, there are 25 items from bodysuits, crop tops, and leggings to form-fitting dresses and skirts, with prices ranging from $25 to $40. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "Amber Rose Talks Simply Be, Body Positivity and Raising Her Son to Be a Feminist," 7 June 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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