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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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 There’s a custom statue from the artist Bjørn Skaarup, who designed the hippo statue in the tutu out front of Lincoln Center in New York City. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The annual Neiman Marcus fantasy gifts list gives a look into what the 1 percent buys for the holidays.," 18 Oct. 2018 At least Teletubbies taught kids how to rock a purse and tutu Tinky Winky-style. Sarah.hagi, The Verge, "The viral ‘Johny, Johny’ kids’ videos are a godforsaken nightmare," 1 Sep. 2018 Williams wore another tutu, this time a one-shoulder lavender piece, also from the Virgil Abloh x Nike for Serena Williams line. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Wore a Lavender Tutu and Fishnets to Win Her Second U.S. Open Match," 30 Aug. 2018 Add a tutu and witch hat (homemade or store-bought) to get her excited for what's likely her first time trick-or-treating. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Wicked-Easy Witch Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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