[ lee-uh-tahrd ]
/ ˈli əˌtɑrd /


a skintight, one-piece garment for the torso, having a high or low neck, long or short sleeves, and a lower portion resembling either briefs or tights, worn by acrobats, dancers, etc.
Compare tights.

Origin of leotard

1915–20; named after Jules Léotard, 19th-century French aerialist
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British Dictionary definitions for leotard


/ (ˈlɪəˌtɑːd) /


a tight-fitting garment covering the body from the shoulders down to the thighs and worn by acrobats, ballet dancers, etc
(plural) US and Canadian another name for tights (def. 1b)

Word Origin for leotard

C19: named after Jules Léotard, French acrobat
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Word Origin and History for leotard



1881, leotards, named for Jules Léotard (1830-1870), popular French trapeze artist, who performed in such a garment.

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