\ ˈtīts How to pronounce tights (audio) \

Definition of tights

: a skintight garment covering the body from the neck down or from the waist down also, British : pantyhose

Examples of tights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In nearly every scene, there's a jaw-dropping style moment including but not limited to: blazers, trench coats, and a pair of unforgettable red tights. Sarah Adams, Town & Country, "Why We're Still Obsessing Over Love Story's Unforgettable Fashion 50 Years Later," 23 Dec. 2020 Once the temperatures take a dip for the chillier, pairing them over leggings, tights, and pants works equally as well. Rebecca Norris, refinery29.com, "In Praise Of Tunics, The Forgotten Style That’s Worked Wonders For My Body Confidence," 3 Dec. 2020 Her matching puffer coat, tights and pumps came straight from the Richard Quinn x Moncler Genius collection. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Dua Lipa is Having 'Snow Much Fun' in Her Stylish Snowsuit," 17 Dec. 2020 Many runners have a love and hate relationship with running tights. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Gifts for runners braving the cold," 5 Dec. 2020 As People points out, participating in the holiday play is a longstanding tradition in the royal family as evidenced by this photo of Prince Harry in red tights (!!), dressed up as something of a Christmas sprite for a production back in 1987. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See the Adorable Photos of Prince Harry Starring in His Nativity Play," 10 Dec. 2020 Rhythm Nation looks for her black belts, hats, tights, and boots costumes on and off the stage. Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena, Dehistoricized," 10 Dec. 2020 Designed for yoga, the Wunder Under tights have minimalist seams and a wide, high-rise waistband that pulls the tummy in. CNN Underscored, "The top Black Friday deals of the day: Bose, Brooklinen, and more," 26 Nov. 2020 Between Blair’s coloured tights and collared mini dresses and Serena’s boho frocks and designer tote bags, the fashion in Gossip Girl was, and always will be, a mecca of style. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Gossip Girl Reboot Photos Show The Cast In Fashion’s Biggest Trends," 12 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tights.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tights

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tights

Time Traveler for tights

Time Traveler

The first known use of tights was circa 1837

See more words from the same year

Statistics for tights

Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tights. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tights


How to pronounce tights (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tights

: a piece of clothing that is worn especially by girls, women, and dancers, that fits closely over the feet, legs, and waist, and that is made of a thicker material than pantyhose


noun plural
\ ˈtīts How to pronounce tights (audio) \

Kids Definition of tights

: a garment closely fitted to the body and covering it usually from the waist down

More from Merriam-Webster on tights

Nglish: Translation of tights for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of tights for Arabic Speakers

Comments on tights

What made you want to look up tights? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!