le·​o·​tard | \ ˈlē-ə-ˌtärd \

Definition of leotard

: a close-fitting one-piece garment worn especially by dancers, acrobats, and aerialists also : tights often used in plural

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from leotard

leotarded \ ˈlē-​ə-​ˌtär-​dəd \ adjective

Examples of leotard in a Sentence

Our aerobics instructor wore a bright red leotard.

Recent Examples on the Web

All that was missing was a leotard with a T on the chest and a cape. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "‘I Am a Tariff Man’," 4 Dec. 2018 She was inspired by the outfits that ballerinas wore, and paired the leotard with tights and leg warmers on the cover. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "Up For Auction: Jane Fonda's Workout Leotard," 18 Aug. 2016 Chiles wasn't the only gymnast to stand out for her leotard. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Jordan Chiles Channeled Wonder Woman at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships," 20 Aug. 2018 Image During a rap concert on the Dartmouth campus in October 2009, Alexi Pappas, dressed in a full-body leotard and sitting in the front row, was called on stage to dance. New York Times, "Side by Side and No Finish Line in Sight for Alexi Pappas," 6 July 2018 The auction will include paintings (including a portrait of Fonda by Andy Warhol), custom Versace dresses, and even one of the actress's wedding gowns, but the item that caught our eye is one of Fonda's workout leotards. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "Up For Auction: Jane Fonda's Workout Leotard," 18 Aug. 2016 The beauty mogul dressed in a skin-tight pink leotard and matching lace up heels, embellished with small butterflies. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Twinned as Pink Butterflies for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Illustration: Matthew Cook Taryn Toomey’s Uplifting Boots The creator of exercise empire The Class on the $680 Isabel Marant suede boots that dress up her everyday leotard. Rory Satran, WSJ, "10 Stylish Women on Essential Investment-Fashion Pieces," 27 Sep. 2018 The Jenna Dewan x Danskin line has 30 items, and includes athleisure bodysuits, leggings, hoodies, and leotards. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Launches Her Danskin Capsule Collection In Stores," 7 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leotard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of leotard

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leotard

Jules Léotard, †1870 French aerial gymnast

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leotard

Statistics for leotard

Last Updated

16 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for leotard

The first known use of leotard was in 1886

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for leotard



English Language Learners Definition of leotard

: a piece of clothing that fits tightly and covers the body except for the legs and sometimes the arms


le·​o·​tard | \ ˈlē-ə-ˌtärd \

Kids Definition of leotard

: a tight one-piece garment worn by a dancer or acrobat

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on leotard

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with leotard

Spanish Central: Translation of leotard

Nglish: Translation of leotard for Spanish Speakers

Comments on leotard

What made you want to look up leotard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!