- a skin-tight, one-piece garment for the lower part of the body and the legs, now often made of stretch fabric, originally worn by dancers, acrobats, gymnasts, etc., and later made for general wear for adults and children.
- a leotard with legs and, sometimes, feet.
Origin of tights
Examples from the Web for tights
Action Comics No.1 is the book that ushered in the golden age of superheroes in tights.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
When Smallville premiered in October 2001, its creators had one rule: “no flights, no tights.”The Week in Nostalgia: ‘Fight Club’ Hits Theaters, Cyndi Lauper’s Album Drops, and More (VIDEO)
October 19, 2013
The spread even goes as far to credit the brand of tights that its fictitious Sanmoa uses to hang herself with.Eva Chen Named Editor of Lucky Magazine; Vice Fashion Spread Features Literary Suicides
The Fashion Beast Team
June 18, 2013
You look down and see you're only wearing tights, tights that have severe rips and runs up and down the leg.Amanda Bynes’s Topless Bathroom Photo Shoot: A Dramatization
May 2, 2013
They may be allowed to keep sweaters or tights, but only in dark colors.Inside the Pussy Rioters’ Russian Prisons
October 24, 2012
See him in tights you'd think he could slip through a wedding-ring.Captain Desmond, V.C.
It was not very heavy: tights, spangled skirts, faded flowers.The Bill-Toppers
You wear the tights and silken hose of last evening's banquet.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
And on the first opportunity he did get into tights, viz., as the brigand.Pickwickian Studies
The tights, however, should be worn only when one is out of doors.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
- Also called (US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ): pantyhosea one-piece clinging garment covering the body from the waist to the feet, worn by women in place of stockings
- Also called: leotards US and Canadiana similar, tight-fitting garment worn instead of trousers by either sex
- a similar garment formerly worn by men, as in the 16th century with a doublet
Word Origin and History for tights
1827, "tight-fitting breeches," from tight. Meaning "skin-tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc." is attested from 1836.