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

Examples of leotard in a Sentence

Our aerobics instructor wore a bright red leotard.

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My children went to elementary school in the 90s — a time before Lululemon conquered the world and when the only person who practiced yoga was the PBS lady in the purple Danskin leotard and tights. Sally Schwartz Higginson, chicagotribune.com, "Column: What’s with Kleenex boxes on school supply lists? Maybe, it’s to help parents cope.," 19 Aug. 2019 Dancers ages 8 to adult should wear appropriate dance wear such as leotards, tights, solid color skirt or shorts; bring all dance shoes to the audition. baltimoresun.com, "‘Nutcracker’ auditions are Saturday at HCC’s Susquehanna Center Dance Studio," 14 Aug. 2019 The idea was born of grumbling that arose from the U.S. Classic meet last month in Louisville, Ky., where Biles and her World Gymnastics Centre teammates wore leotards with their last names on the back. David Barron, ExpressNews.com, "gym0811," 10 Aug. 2019 Morgan Hurd is such an inspiration for young American gymnasts — and anyone who wears eyeglasses and practices sports — that some have dressed up in leotards and her trademark glasses for Halloween. Luis Andres Henao, chicagotribune.com, "Morgan Hurd inspires other young gymnasts to wear eyeglasses," 28 July 2019 MyKayla Skinner's bright orange-and-pink leotard, reminiscent of a summer sunrise, stood out against the backdrop of blue mats and deep red seats Friday at the KFC Yum Center. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Gymnast MyKayla Skinner reignites Olympic hopes in Louisville," 19 July 2019 There was always something of a disconnect seeing respected Broadway actors belt out technically accomplished showtunes while wearing '80s-looking leotards and cat whiskers. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the 'Cats' Movie," 18 July 2019 The large-scale 2016 painting depicts an elderly woman dressed in Wonder Woman’s distinctive leotard, her body a reflection of the wages of getting older. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Crystal Bridges exhibit ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder’ lands in San Antonio," 19 June 2019 At the raucous Coachella music festival in California in April, the company staffed afterparties with young women in leotards, stockings and tight white T-shirts emblazoned with the Select logo. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Behind Portland’s blockbuster marijuana deal: a Russian billionaire, cannabis consolidation," 9 June 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce leotard (audio) \

Kids Definition of leotard

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

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