leg·​ging | \ˈle-gən also ˈlā-, -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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Arizmendi, 55, fresh from an early morning workout, in leggings, a black fleece jacket, and purple running shoes with fluorescent orange laces, is the preeminent hummingbird expert in Mexico. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 Good for Dancing Beyoncé dances in front of Jacques-Louis David’s The Coronation of Napoleon wearing a bra and leggings by Burberry. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Here’s Who Designed Each Look From Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’ Video," 18 June 2018 The uniform is Tesla Casual: black distressed or detailed leggings, designer T-shirts, and European handbags crafted from equal parts leather and hubris. Karen Helle, chicagotribune.com, "Go ahead, hate Goop; Gwyneth Paltrow is having the last laugh," 14 June 2018 The artist Yvette Mayorga, clad in a black sports bra and leggings, stands arms akimbo behind a barbed wire fence near the U.S.-Mexico border. Kerry Cardoza, Chicago Reader, "The American dream, in frosting: the art of Yvette Mayorga," 25 Apr. 2018 The big deals this week: Bluetooth smart leggings, YPWeek and the Greek Freak's latest accolade. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Goodbye Boston Store, selfie-free zones and a new brewery opening," 18 Apr. 2018 Skirt Sports has since expanded to offer everything from leggings to bras to jackets. Louise Green, SELF, "40 of the Best Plus-Size Fitness Brands You Need to Know," 10 Mar. 2018 All profits from the leggings benefit the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Bella Gerard, Health.com, "This New Aerie Collection Was Designed By Aly Raisman and Iskra Lawrence," 8 Mar. 2018 These Adidas by Stella McCartney leggings are a little wacky, but wacky in a good way. The Editors, The Cut, "41 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Miu Miu to Missoni," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of legging

1718, in the meaning defined above

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leg·​ging | \ˈle-gən, 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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