sports·​wear | \ ˈspȯrts-ˌwer How to pronounce sportswear (audio) \

Definition of sportswear

: clothing suitable for recreation broadly : clothing designed for casual or informal wear

Examples of sportswear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the sportswear giant still has to weigh whether to move manufacturing out of China, raise prices for customers or change products altogether. Anchorage Daily News, "From Lincoln Logs to luggage, U.S.-China trade deal still leaves huge cloud over American business," 15 Dec. 2019 LIFESTYLE Last week, Reebok President Matt O'Toole announced the sportswear company will be putting all of its performance and lifestyle products under one roof. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Reebok's Spring/Summer 2020 Collection Fuses Its Heritage With Modernity," 15 Nov. 2019 At home, the sportswear category was expanding and giving birth to a true American style, one that was documented and examined in Daves’s 1967 book, Ready Made Miracle: the Story of American Fashion for the Millions. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A New Book, 1950s in Vogue, Celebrates Jessica Daves, the Magazine’s Editor from 1952-1962," 16 Dec. 2019 For example, Columbia, a sportswear producer, owns more than 700 retail locations in China, one of its largest foreign markets. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Are tariffs against China bringing factories and jobs back to the U.S.?," 12 July 2019 Before launching Supreme Italia, Mr. di Pierro operated a sportswear business, which filed for bankruptcy, and he later was convicted of fraud in relation to that bankruptcy, according to Italian court documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "How Supreme Got Pulled Into a Fight for Its Billion-Dollar Brand," 28 June 2019 Online sportswear retailer Fanatics will manufacture and distribute licensed Nike Major League Baseball uniforms and training wear to consumers. CBS News, "MLB players to sport Nike swoosh on front of jerseys in 2020," 11 Dec. 2019 Global sportswear brand, Reebok is redefying sustainability with the announcement of the brand’s new Forever Floatride GROW. James Love, Essence, "Reebok Releases A New Running Sneakers Made from Plants," 3 Dec. 2019 Kering slimmed down by spinning off Puma, a sportswear brand, last year. The Economist, "LVMH tests the limits of luxury," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sportswear

1903, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Sportswear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sportswear

: clothes that people wear for playing sports
chiefly US : comfortable clothes that people wear for informal activities

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