tu·​tu | \ ˈtü-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce tutu (audio) \

Definition of tutu

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: a short projecting skirt worn by a ballerina


biographical name
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Definition of Tutu (Entry 2 of 2)

Desmond Mpilo 1931–     South African clergyman and political activist

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In the meaning defined above

Examples of tutu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The senior Read tends to favor rugged trekking gear; Mina Floriana, now nearly five years old, often prefers a pink tutu. Jen Rose Smith, National Geographic, "What is ‘friluftsliv’? How an idea of outdoor living could help us this winter," 11 Sep. 2020 For a lager-swilling bloke like Charlie, the proposition is as alien as going to the pub in a tutu. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Sweet Sorrow: A Fond Look at First Love," 10 Sep. 2020 Complete the look by using a tutu and black Converse or Mary Janes. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "10 Unique and Easy DIY Witch Costume Ideas," 28 July 2020 The school’s vice principal, Ileana Perez, said it’s not unusual to see Lowe zipping around campus on roller skates, wearing a green tutu with a dragon’s tail trailing behind her. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Roller derby-skating, reptile-loving librarian encourages San Antonio students to live life ‘out loud’," 10 Aug. 2020 Pair an all-black outfit with a black tutu and gloves, then add accessories like a tail (made by attaching a feathery black boa to pipe cleaners or wire) and a pair of cat ears. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "4 Easy DIY Cat Costume Ideas to Try This Halloween," 24 July 2020 The parents posted photos of happy Kulture posing in a bright-pink tutu, remarking on how fast time flies. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B and Offset Celebrate Daughter Kulture Kiari's 2nd Birthday: 'You Are a Prize from God'," 10 July 2020 Next to him is a purple unicorn with a pink tutu and a rainbow mane. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Children Are Hunting Teddy Bears During the Coronavirus Outbreak," 3 Apr. 2020 Every morning, O'Connor's 3-year-old daughter, Elle, is decked out in her pink ballet tutu, watching through an iPad as an instructor leads her class through a basic ballet warmup. NBC News, "Children — but also parents — adapt to life over video chat during coronavirus pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of tutu


1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tutu


French, from (baby talk) tutu backside

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2 Oct 2020

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“Tutu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutu. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tutu

: a short skirt that is made of many layers of material and that is worn by a ballerina


tu·​tu | \ ˈtü-ˌtü How to pronounce tutu (audio) \
plural tutus

Kids Definition of tutu

: a short skirt that extends out and is worn by a ballerina

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