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Recent Examples of spandex from the Web
She was last seen wearing a white shirt, black spandex shorts and white sandals.
Both fill up the space with spectacle and spandex, offering a lot of bang — and ka-pow!
A decade ago, the mere notion of walking around in spandex with persistent camel toe would be a source of legit anxiety for your average cis-het femme.
Hadid also managed to pull off of a smart styling trick by tucking the oversize sweatshirt into her spandex shorts, a move that nicely drew the eye towards her whittled waist.
That certainly didn't change for her big return to the sport: To mark the occasion, Williams showed up to the French Open in a black spandex bodysuit by Nike, which featured a red stripe across her abdomen.
As for the wrestling garb aspect, Ms. Markey and Ms. Davis have that covered, too, with their two-tone spandex athletic wear.
An American chemist invented spandex in the late 1950s, following innovations with other stretch fabrics.
The young woman waiting patiently in front of us is wearing what appears to be a spandex prom dress complete with sparkling sequins on the bodice, as if she had been waylaid heading to a Say Yes to the Dress fitting down the street.
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Did You Know?
Spandex is a fiber that has had an impact on fashion high and low, casual and formal, outer and under. It's not a trademark, as a number of the names of other fibers are, among them Dacron, Lycra, and Orlon. It's a generic term, coined in 1959 as an anagram of the word expands. Anagrammatic coinages are not common; the only other in our dictionaries that the average person is likely to be familiar with is sideburns. Sideburns is an anagram (and synonym) of burnsides, from Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general in the American Civil War credited with originating the fashion (in the U.S., at least) also known as side-whiskers.
SPANDEX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spandex for English Language Learners
: a material that stretches easily and is used especially to make sports clothing; also : clothing made of this material
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