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[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.
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Origin of maillot

1885–90; < French: bathing costume, tights, swaddling clothes, variant of earlier maillol, derivative of maille mail2
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Related Words

swimsuit, bikini, thong, maillot, swimwear, beachwear, two-piece, one-piece, sunning, jumpsuit

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Historical Examples

  • Jeanne and Serge met every day at the little house in the Avenue Maillot.

    Serge Panine, Complete

    Georges Ohnet

  • Dudouis wished him to come at once to 102 Boulevard Maillot.

  • It is one your father had, and was quite good enough for me, until I took Maillot.

    Robert Tournay

    William Sage

  • They might be there, yet it would take an hour to go to Maillot's and return.

    Robert Tournay

    William Sage

  • He died at the castle of Maillot near Rouen on the 28th of October 1592.

British Dictionary definitions for maillot


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

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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