tu·​tu ˈtü-(ˌ)tü How to pronounce tutu (audio)
: a short projecting skirt worn by a ballerina

Illustration of tutu

Illustration of tutu

Examples of tutu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rhiannon wore a white tutu in the cute photo, which was followed by adorable snaps of her being cuddled by her older siblings. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 27 June 2024 Another element that will feel novel to the classical ballet audience is the minimal costuming, by Moritz Junge; there isn’t a tutu in sight. Freya Drohan, Vogue, 24 June 2024 Keep your tutu tight and your feedback constructive! Remy Blumenfeld, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2024 The next post showed the child — dressed in a colorful tutu, cat headband and Gabby's Dollhouse graphic T-shirt — dancing around in an inflatable tent filled with pastel balloons. Emma Aerin Becker, Peoplemag, 16 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tutu 

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Word History


French, from (baby talk) tutu backside

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tutu was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Tutu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutu. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


tu·​tu ˈtü-tü How to pronounce tutu (audio)
: a short skirt that extends out and is worn by a ballerina

French tutu "ballerina skirt," from baby talk tutu "backside"

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Desmond Mpilo 1931–2021 South African clergyman and political activist

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