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

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leotarded \ˈlē-ə-ˌtär-dəd \ adjective

Examples of leotard in a Sentence

Our aerobics instructor wore a bright red leotard.

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Leaving her dramatic onstage outfits behind, the superstar opted for a softer, summery look for their day trip to the coast, swapping thigh high boots and leotards for a floaty, flirty printed dress. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Cannes Vacation Photos Are Straight Out of a Dream," 3 July 2018 And that leotard was actually made for him in Chicago, and there’s a label inside with all of his measurements, which is really fun. New York Times, "The Costumes in Modern Dance’s Attic," 19 June 2018 The workout combined bright leotards and upbeat dance music with aerobic exercise. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 Dancers in leotards worked their moves in front of The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Josephine by Jacques-Louis David (1804), a massive mural depicting the dictator’s rise to power. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "If You Want To See The Art In Beyoncé & Jay Z’s Video, The Louvre Has You Covered," 7 July 2018 Bedazzled, Barbie-pink leotards and ombre outfits may look like fun and games, but this is serious business. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "The Best Olympic Figure-Skating Outfits of All Time," 7 Feb. 2018 Kudos to costume designer Holly Hynes for the luscious turquoise leotards and tights. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018 The display features a Shriver clipboard and artifacts from each athlete, including Dockins’ leotard from the 2007 World Summer Games in China and leather grips. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 That villain is Zoya the Destroya, an evil Russian in a high-cut, skintight burgundy leotard with only one sleeve, a Russian military coat bearing a captain's insignia, spiked hair and a fur cap. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Costume Designers on 'GLOW,' 'The Crown' and More Helped Leading Ladies Find Their Power," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of leotard

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leotard

Jules Léotard, †1870 French aerial gymnast

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The first known use of leotard was in 1886

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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

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