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

Definition of legging

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

Examples of legging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the allegations against Lululemon—a premium label built on sales of leggings that can cost well upwards of $100 —make clear labor abuses in clothing supply chains aren’t just a problem of fast fashion. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Even high-end brands like Lululemon face disturbing allegations of worker abuse," 15 Oct. 2019 She was last seen wearing a pink jacket, purple unicorn shirt, black tiger print leggings and black boots. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Silver Alert issued for missing 6-year-old Indiana girl," 20 Mar. 2019 This was maybe half an hour in, a confession uttered with defiant if quivering conviction by a statuesque blonde in her 40s wearing leather leggings and a giant curly lamb fur coat. Lizzy Goodman, The Cut, "Just Ask," 23 Jan. 2018 She was last seen wearing dark-colored pants/leggings and a dark-colored hoodie. NBC News, "Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing," 5 Dec. 2019 Head to Palais Montcalm, an outdoor ice-skating rink where the hip kids ice dance to glam-rock hits in flowery spandex leggings and leather jackets. Outside Online, "How to Spend a Winter Weekend in Québec City," 2 Oct. 2019 She was dressed in a gray sweater and matching leggings from Costco, her hair tucked behind her ears under a baseball cap. Ana Faguy, baltimoresun.com, "‘With help, you will get better’: Howard group offers support to those going through postpartum depression," 11 Dec. 2019 The collection includes two options: One is a full-coverage swimsuit made up of a top and leggings. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Nike courts a growing Muslim market with innovative, modest swimwear," 10 Dec. 2019 The full coverage suit is available along with a separate hijab, tunic top and swim leggings. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A new Nike swimwear line includes a swim hijab," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of legging

1718, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Legging.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legging. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for legging


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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Nglish: Translation of legging for Spanish Speakers

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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