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Recent Examples of spandex from the Web
William Howard Taft reportedly went out for the Yale dance team but was cut when his spandex tights ripped during tryouts.
She was last seen wearing a black and white checkered jacket, spandex pants and Nike shoes, officials said.
Jolie wore the same tight shorts sported by Lara in the game, a padded bra and even ventured into a frozen tundra in a spandex outfit.
Episode 3: Cop Cory loves a few things: spandex costumes, Nascar, parties, and drinking warm pickle juice.
Runners-Up: Tommy John’s nylon-and-spandex light Air Trunk (which also has a horizontal fly) was noticeably breathable, but the fabric was a little wispy.
Kim, 37, lead the pack in a pair of steel blue spandex pants with a fitted gray turtleneck and a navy blue cropped puffy coat.
Instead of super-slick spandex or lycra, yoga pants tend to be made with softer fabrics like cotton and polyester, providing more breathability.
From men’s spandex bodysuits to tattered trousers, nearly every look contained a bit of camouflage print.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of spandex
First Known Use: 1959See Words from the same year
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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