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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Images from 1980s glossy fashion magazines, with models in leotards and headbands, served as inspiration for the trio. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Veronica Beard Hits the Gym in a New Collaboration With Bandier," 1 Nov. 2018 Back in August, Dutch gymnast Céline van Gerner performed a Cats-themed floor routine at the 2018 European Championships, competing to music from the original musical while wearing themed theatrical makeup and hair, along with a leotard. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "The International Gymnastics Federation Has Banned Heavy Makeup During Competitions," 1 Nov. 2018 Ciara’s longtime choreographer, Jamaica Craft, was on set, as were several very chic ensembles, including a Marc Jacobs bodysuit and a pair of incredible Ann Demeulemeester boots (not a leotard in site in Vogue’s 5 Moves series). Vogue, "Watch Ciara Break Down 5 Iconic Dance Moves to Her New Single, “Dose”," 29 Oct. 2018 Jumpsuits, straps and cords featured on silhouettes that were either tight on the torso, evoking a leotard, or diaphanous and floaty, channeling a tutu. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 The inner leotard is silky smooth, but keep in mind that this is where all your sweat will end up. refinery29.com, "We Worked Out In The Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress & It Was Interesting," 5 June 2018 The picture shows a young Gaga, pre-blonde hair, but the stylish star’s signature leotard is present. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Shares a Throwback (Brunette!) Photo for Her Birthday: 'I'm So Blessed to Be Turning 32'," 28 Mar. 2018 For most exercisers, Jazzercise is synonymous with leotards, leg warmers, and plenty of jazz hands. Fox News, "#ThrowbackThursday workout: How to do Jazzercise at home," 20 Apr. 2017 Some of these stages include: -The dance-is-life (aka ‘this leotard is my second skin’) phase. -The Bible-thumping-church-camp phase (which coincided and contradicted with the Fiona-Apple-fan-club-president phase). Carolyn Twersky, The Cut, "25 Celebrities on Their ‘Ugly Duckling’ Phase," 4 Apr. 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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