leotard

noun
le·​o·​tard | \ ˈlē-ə-ˌtärd How to pronounce leotard (audio) \

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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Other Words from leotard

leotarded \ ˈlē-​ə-​ˌtär-​dəd How to pronounce leotard (audio) \ adjective

Examples of leotard in a Sentence

Our aerobics instructor wore a bright red leotard.
Recent Examples on the Web Female gymnasts usually compete in a leotard that can be long, half-length sleeved or sleeveless, per ESPN. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "German Gymnasts Opt for Full-Body Suits Over Leotards to Take Stand Against Sexualization of Sport," 28 Apr. 2021 Not one single assault during Nassar’s 25-year reign of terror can be pinned on a leotard. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A full bodysuit can’t combat sexualization in gymnastics. Only adults who sexualize athletes can do that.," 26 Apr. 2021 Wilmara scrambled to find brown foundation because none of the vendors at the competition had a leotard in Sasha’s skin color. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Ballet," 22 Apr. 2021 University of Illinois gymnast Evan Manivong recently nailed a perfect landing during a vault competition — and celebrated by pulling his vaccine card tucked inside his leotard and flashing it to the audience. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "You've been vaccinated. So what should you do with your vaccine card?," 8 Apr. 2021 Throw it over a leotard for in-the-park pilates and head straight to dinner al fresco. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "Want a Chic Sweatpants Alternative? Try Retro Knit Sets," 24 Apr. 2021 University of Illinois gymnast Evan Manivong recently nailed a perfect landing during a vault competition — and celebrated by pulling out his vaccine card tucked inside his leotard and flashing it to the audience. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "You've been vaccinated. So what should you do with your vaccine card?," 21 Apr. 2021 University of Illinois gymnast Evan Manivong recently nailed a perfect landing during a vault competition — and celebrated by pulling out his vaccine card tucked inside his leotard and flashing it to the audience. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "You've been vaccinated. So what should you do with your vaccine card?," 12 Apr. 2021 Donning her ballet slippers and a blue leotard on a recent Sunday afternoon, Brielle took to her virtual lessons in her living room at her portable barre with a focus beyond her years. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "‘Joffrey for All’: By engaging parents of color, Joffrey Academy of Dance aims to diversify ballet world," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Leotard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leotard. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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leotard

noun

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

leotard

noun
le·​o·​tard | \ ˈlē-ə-ˌtärd How to pronounce leotard (audio) \

Kids Definition of leotard

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

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