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  1. a covering for the leg, usually extending from the ankle to the knee but sometimes higher, worn by soldiers, riders, workers, etc.Compare chaps, gaiter, puttee.
  2. leggings, (used with a plural verb)
    1. close-fitting knit pants.
    2. the pants of a two-piece snowsuit.
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Also leg·gin [leg-in] /ˈlɛg ɪn/.

Origin of legging

First recorded in 1745–55; leg + -ing1
Related formsleg·ginged, adjective
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chaps, puttees

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British Dictionary definitions for leggings


pl n
  1. an extra outer covering for the lower legs
  2. close-fitting trousers worn by women and children
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Derived Formslegginged, adjective
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Word Origin and History for leggings



"extra outer covering to protect the leg," 1763, from leg (n.). Related: Leggings.

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