tu·tu | \ˈtü-(ˌ)tü \

Definition of tutu 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a short projecting skirt worn by a ballerina


biographical name
\ˈtü-ˌtü \

Definition of Tutu (Entry 2 of 2)

Desmond Mpilo 1931–     South African clergyman and political activist

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Dust off your pink tutu and grab your running shoes, Bay to Breakers is here again! San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay to Breakers discounted registrations," 8 May 2018 No matter which Disney Princess is your fave, wearing a cute tutu is definitely the way to go. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "14 Genius Group Halloween Costume Ideas for You and Your Squad," 6 July 2018 Interesting to watch the maturation process of Bliss from her days as a cutie pie, newcomer on the NXT roster, skipping to the ring with soft, baby blue coloring, a tutu and plenty of glitter. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Miami Herald Sports Entertainer of the Year Alexa Bliss | Miami Herald," 7 Jan. 2018 The Kardashian Kids While a potential career in performance arts might not have made an appearance on True’s birth chart, that doesn’t stop her from being adorable in a tutu nonetheless. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Khloé Kardashian Breaks Down Daughter True's Birth Chart: 'Failure Isn't an Option for Her'," 11 June 2018 But Carrie — stylish, romantic, couldn’t-help-but-wonder Carrie — her energy was so airy, and so very Libra, she easily might have floated right up into the clouds on that tutu to weigh rhetorical questions on a starry set of scales. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Your June pop culture horoscope revealed: Dietland, Christina Aguilera, and Ocean's 8," 31 May 2018 Director Victoria Bussert cannily signals this sea change by having the women remove their crinoline tutu underskirts before disappearing behind lit panels that double as dressing screens. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "'The Royale,' inspired by boxer Jack Johnson, brings fight for freedom to stage (preview)," 13 May 2018 After his wife, Linda, began dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, Mr. Carey, a commercial photographer, began taking photographs of himself wearing only a pink tutu in public places. Susan Gubar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Imaginative caregiving for the cancer patient," 11 May 2018 Watch a full video detailing the tutu’s conservation, below. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Watch the Met Give This Famous Ballerina’s Tutu a Makeover," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
plural tutus

Kids Definition of tutu

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

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