leg·​ging | \ ˈle-gən also ˈlā- How to pronounce legging (audio) , -giŋ\
variants: or leggin

Definition of legging

: a covering (as of leather or cloth) for the leg usually used in plural also : tights

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Kim's extremely tight latex leggings are by Vex, a brand that's well-loved among celebrities, including Lady Gaga. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Does Superhero Chic in Red Latex at Travis Scott's 28th Birthday Party," 26 Apr. 2019 Lululemon Athletica’s founder and former chief executive may once have warned that the athleisure maker’s leggings aren’t for women of a certain size. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Lululemon Trounces Nike, Barely Breaks a Sweat," 27 Mar. 2019 The Grown-ish star arrived at the annual event on May 6 wearing a silver bodysuit with delicate straps over footless leggings of a similar shade. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Yara Shahidi Attends Met Gala 2019 in Embellished Bodysuit and Leggings," 6 May 2019 This is the only chance to beat her.’’ After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams dealt with issues including blood clots, and she’s been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final," 12 July 2018 This isn't the first time Lopez has been spotted in Niyama Sol leggings. Kathleen Mulpeter, Health.com, "Why the $92 Leggings J.Lo Swears By Are Worth the Splurge," 7 Mar. 2018 Now, cropped pants, leggings and short boots are hot looks even in winter, driving fashion-conscious men and women to subject their ankles despite this season’s Arctic temperatures. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "It’s February, Why Are There Bare Ankles Everywhere?," 13 Feb. 2019 That’s never an issue with a snug pair of leggings—or bottoms with a comfortable elastic waistband, for that matter. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "A Case For Wearing Maternity Jeans When You’re Not Pregnant," 6 Dec. 2018 In March 2017, for example, United Airlines made headlines—and received backlash—for turning away two teenage girls who were wearing leggings. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rules For Flying to Follow So You Don't Get Kicked Off Your Flight," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of legging

1718, in the meaning defined above

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leg·​ging | \ ˈle-gən How to pronounce legging (audio) , ˈle-giŋ\

Kids Definition of legging

: an outer covering for the leg usually of cloth or leather a pair of leggings

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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