- 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.
Origin of leotard
1915–20; named after Jules Léotard, 19th-century French aerialist
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- 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)
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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