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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In the meaning defined above

Examples of tutu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alexa, who was wearing a bright pink wig and a tutu, has been attending the event for six years. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 9 Oct. 2021 In contrast, today’s tutu takes are less cartoonishly girly. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 The image showed the tiny tot wearing a floral dress and black tutu. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 On Friday, Khloé Kardashian shared a sweet photo of her 3-year-old daughter posing in a purple tutu and matching tank top. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Daubechies booked a venue, a caterer, a troupe of majorette dancers known for farce — and then at the party made a surprise appearance in the baton-twirling cancan line, disguised in makeup and a tutu. New York Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Many of the people who helped rescue Maggie Mullin and her tutu from the rubble have become some of her mother's dearest friends. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Aug. 2021 In her caption, LeAnn calls out her black crop top and Alo Yoga skirt, which is very reminiscent of a ballerina tutu. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 2 Aug. 2021 Isn’t a tutu with an elastic waistband just as saucy as a narrow skirt? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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“Tutu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutu. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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