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

Definition of tutu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short projecting skirt worn by a ballerina


biographical name
\ ˈtü-ˌtü How to pronounce Tutu (audio) \

Definition of Tutu (Entry 2 of 2)

Desmond Mpilo 1931–     South African clergyman and political activist

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But now, nearly a decade later, the 15-year-old is ready to put her tutu and tiara days behind her. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Child Star Sophia Grace From 'The Ellen Show' Released a Sassy New Rap Video," 7 Jan. 2019 One user compared it to this cat in a tutu, and another speculated that perhaps the performer took inspiration from one of Rihanna's signature struts. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Jungkook Strutting Down a Runway Is Now a Hilarious Meme," 17 Dec. 2018 Serena responded by wearing a tutu and compression fishnets. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Racist, Sexist History of Tennis," 18 Sep. 2018 The original figure, which was later cast in bronze, was made out of wax, and wore real clothes, including pink ballet slippers and a tutu, with a green ribbon in her human hair. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ Review: Rat-Girl of the Paris Opera," 16 Nov. 2018 Tana shared a photo of the costume to Twitter on Thursday, which showed her in a pink bra and thong, blue tutu, and JoJo's signature hair ribbons. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Tana Mongeau Criticized for Her “Sexy” JoJo Siwa Halloween Costume," 2 Nov. 2018 Leg warmers, a tutu, and a cozy sweatshirt and hat. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "11 Sweatshirt Costumes You Can DIY for Your Kids in About 5 Seconds," 26 Oct. 2015 In a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1988, McSally has not only played up her military record, but went after Sinema in an attack ad for attending a 2003 antiwar rally in a pink tutu. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Florida's Wait for a Woman Governor Continues, but Diversity Still Wins," 29 Aug. 2018 Most little girls will be so excited to throw on a sparkly tutu and striped tights. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Easiest Way to DIY a Witch Costume for Halloween," 24 Oct. 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 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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