le·​o·​tard ˈlē-ə-ˌtärd How to pronounce leotard (audio)
: a close-fitting one-piece garment worn especially by dancers, acrobats, and aerialists
also : tights
often used in plural
leotarded adjective

Examples of leotard in a Sentence

Our aerobics instructor wore a bright red leotard.
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Word History


Jules Léotard, †1870 French aerial gymnast

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leotard was in 1886

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“Leotard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leotard. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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le·​o·​tard ˈlē-ə-ˌtärd How to pronounce leotard (audio)
: a tight one-piece garment worn especially by dancers, gymnasts, and acrobats

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