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[tahyts] /taɪts/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
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
1825-35; noun use of tight; see -s3 Unabridged
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  • See him in tights you'd think he could slip through a wedding-ring.

  • It was not very heavy: tights, spangled skirts, faded flowers.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • 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 Percy Fitzgerald
  • The tights, however, should be worn only when one is out of doors.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
British Dictionary definitions for tights


plural noun
  1. Also called (US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ) pantyhose. a one-piece clinging garment covering the body from the waist to the feet, worn by women in place of stockings
  2. (US & Canadian) Also called leotards. a 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
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Word Origin and History for tights

1827, "tight-fitting breeches," from tight. Meaning "skin-tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc." is attested from 1836.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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