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 The Los Angeles Lakers swingman eventually signed with Nike and released 11 signature shoes with the sportswear giant. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, "Kobe Bryant's estate ends 18-year partnership with Nike," 21 Apr. 2021 The German sportswear giant just unveiled a version of its iconic Stan Smith trainers made from mycelium leather. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, "Adidas Is Working on a Stan Smith Sneaker Made From Mushroom Leather," 19 Apr. 2021 As celebrities cut their ties to foreign brands, Li-Ning, a Chinese sportswear giant, announced that Xiao Zhan, a boy band member, would become its new global ambassador. New York Times, "As China Targets H&M and Nike, Local Brands See Their Chance," 6 Apr. 2021 The Callas Milano aesthetic shares similarities with Lam’s tony American sportswear, but the New York designer isn’t involved in the project. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Introducing Callas Milano—A Made-in-Italy Luxury Brand With Sustainable Bona Fides," 5 Apr. 2021 Which isn’t to say that American sportswear is devoid of glamour. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "American Fashion Is All About Hustle and Drive—And That’s What’s Going to Save It," 5 Mar. 2021 Amanna now has his eye on challenging the sportswear industry’s heavyweights. Iain Martin, Forbes, "30 Under 30 Europe Retail And ECommerce 2021: Europe’s New And Next Retail Moguls," 8 Apr. 2021 The end result is stylish sportswear tops, cycling shorts, and sneakers. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Sport These Sustainably-Made Activewear Brands for Your Next Workout," 6 Apr. 2021 Alex Xie, a marketing consultant who works with companies in China, used the sportswear industry as an example. New York Times, "As China Targets H&M and Nike, Local Brands See Their Chance," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sportswear

1903, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Sportswear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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