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

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The park is divided into a section for small dogs – where Lola and Benny lolled along with two Chihuahuas in coordinated outfits — one in a pink tutu, the other in a blue-striped sweater with a matching design — and a larger area for large dogs. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Lola, Benny, and the gang romp at new Abington Dog Park," 15 Aug. 2019 Princess Studio: Children are invited to the Avon Library dressed in their best princess attire from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 to listen to a princess story, learn to walk and dance like a princess, and make a crown and tutu. cleveland.com, "North Ridgeville StoryWalk coming to South Central Park: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 9 Aug. 2019 Don’t judge someone, like a girl who wants to wear basketball shorts, or a boy who wants to wear a tutu. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Graduate left out of yearbook over tuxedo photo says she has received apology," 18 Aug. 2019 Stylish tutu’s to frayed denim to satin minis are some of these editor’s favorite summer wardrobe-essentials. Nandi Howard, Essence, "These Are The Summer Skirts ESSENCE Editors Are Wearing," 25 July 2019 No one’s wearing a starry tutu to see Roger Goodell. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The USWNT Score, Score and Score, and Are Loved, Loved and Loved," 12 June 2019 DeKalb resident Julie Logen had on a handmade sequenced corset and rainbow tutu with lots of tulle. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora's Pride Parade: 'A wonderful way to celebrate all those who for so long were crushed'," 9 June 2019 This email will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1… Sending embarrassing photos of your dog in a tutu or confidential company information is always a little risky — so give Gmail’s self-destruct feature a try. Currie Engel, Time, "10 Can't-Miss Gmail Tips and Tricks That Will Change the Way You Email," 2 July 2019 In the end, the notes were buried along with her, in a pocket of her pink tutu. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "City Ballet, teacher of generations of Dallas dancers, is forced to close because of a rent increase," 27 June 2019

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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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