[mah-yoh, ma-]
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  1. a close-fitting, one-piece bathing suit for women, simply styled and usually having a scoop neck and shoulder straps.
  2. tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc.
  3. a close-fitting knitted shirt, especially a pullover.

Origin of maillot

1885–90; < French: bathing costume, tights, swaddling clothes, variant of earlier maillol, derivative of maille mail2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. tights worn for ballet, gymnastics, etc
  2. a woman's swimsuit
  3. a jersey

Word Origin for maillot

from French
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Word Origin and History for maillot

"tight-fitting one-piece swimsuit," 1928, from French maillot "swaddling clothes," from Old French mailloel (13c.), probably an alteration of maille "mesh" (see mail (n.2)). Borrowed earlier by English in the sense of "tights" (1888).

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