legging

noun

leg·​ging ˈle-gən How to pronounce legging (audio)
 also  ˈlā-,
-giŋ
variants or less commonly leggin
ˈle-gən How to pronounce legging (audio)
 also  ˈlā-
plural leggings also leggins
1
a
: pants that are made of a material that stretches to fit tightly around the legs
usually used in plural
Lycra-cotton leggings and tunic tops are the pregnant woman's best friend, sartorially speaking.Anne Reeks
b
: tights
usually used in plural
Something about the name "footed leggings" just makes these sound way warmer than your basic tights.Melanie Richtman
2
a
: a covering (as of leather or cloth) for the legs worn over pants for protection
usually used in plural
Welding leggings protect the lower leg (from the knee down) from sparks and spatter. Leather is naturally abrasion and flame resistant for use in applications with heavy sparks and spatter.Grainger.com
b
: a pair of separate coverings (as of leather or cloth) for the legs
usually used in plural
… "leggings [worn by Plains Indians men] reached from the ankle to the thigh and were held in place by tying thongs, attached to their tops, to the belt. …"Norman Feder, quoted in Dress Clothing of the Plains Indians

Examples of legging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tory Burch Private Sale is happening now, and there are massive savings — up to 60 percent off — on the brand’s bags, shoes, wallets, leggings, dresses, and more. Casey Clark, Peoplemag, 24 Feb. 2024 It can be paired with jeans for a relaxed weekend look, dressed up with a skirt and heeled boots, or casually worn with leggings and sneakers for a long flight. Becca Blond, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 With multiple colors and a high-waist fit, these fleece leggings provide the ultimate level of comfort, warmth and style all wrapped into one. Christopher Murray, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 Murphy was last seen wearing black half-length leggings and a maroon singlet, according to Victoria Police, who have circulated an image of her taken by the family’s security cameras on Sunday. Chris Lau, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Golden stopped on the way to talk with a street vender she’s known for many years, a man who sold leggings, hats, scarves, gloves, and tote bags. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 While most opted for traditional running gear — sneakers, workout leggings and even shorts, in spite of the 45-degree weather — others donned colorful costumes as birds, royalty, cheerleaders, football players and a Lunar New Year-style dragon. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2024 Run, bike, hike — be as active as can be in these leggings that come in loads of colors. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2024 She was last seen wearing a red jacket, a black mesh shirt with polka dots, black leggings and leopard slippers. Amy McDaniel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of legging was in 1718

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“Legging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legging. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

legging

noun
leg·​ging
variants or leggin
ˈleg-ən How to pronounce legging (audio)
ˈleg-iŋ
: a covering for the leg

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