Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A snugly fitting, stretchable one-piece garment with or without sleeves that covers the torso, worn especially by dancers, gymnasts, acrobats, and those engaging in exercise workouts.
  • n. Tights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A skin-tight one-piece garment with long sleeves and no legs, often worn by dancers, acrobats etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles); worn by ballet dancers and acrobats for practice or performance

Etymologies

After Jules Léotard (1830-1870), French aerialist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from the French acrobat Jules Léotard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What really cheesed me off, though, was that the superhero, the woman with the animal powers and the idiotic low-cut leotard, is taken out by a falling piece of rubble.

    DC January 2010: Red Tornado #5, House of Mystery #21, Titans #21 » Comics Worth Reading

  • Jeans and a leotard were the order of the day, seeing as she had no intentions of going anywhere but her living room.

    Children Of The Night

  • But, one thing is important to note that the leotard is a little bit tricky to pull on.

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  • She is not wearing a leotard, which is great unless you bought a ticket for this flight hoping to see a few cartwheels in the aisle and maybe a split or two.

    GoFugYourself

  • And skating on live TV in a leotard is the most utterly terrifying thing ever, ever, ever.

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  • Whether kids know what the word "leotard" means I don't especially care - given that it's an obscure word for an object they've probably never seen (they're out of fashion) I don't really see why they would need to.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Im sure youngsters in Hungary or Denmark wouldnt know what a "leotard" is either (although, possibly they would recognise the equivalent term in their respective languages).

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • W. Smith: Admittedly my friend's kid is only one kid, however I didn't see you making the complaint when the teenager who didn't know the word "leotard" was cited earlier.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • With Madonna being a walking, talking caricature at times, it shouldn't be hard to make a costume for this pop star: bright blonde hair, some kind of leotard and some Kabbalah materials.

    Stories from The Sun

  • Ants crawled in the dirt at my feet, and despite the fact that I had worn a black hypoallergenic leotard and leggings, and neoprene boots (germs do not like neoprene, just so you know), I felt uneasy.

    Anhedonia (excerpt 2)

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  • A leotard is a unisex skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs free. It was made famous by the French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1842–1870), about whom the song "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" was written. (Wikipedia)

    November 18, 2009

  • Ha!

    September 18, 2009

  • “I’m going to turn over a new leaf, TROS, and make a conscious, conscientious effort to break myself of the bad habit of using the word “retard.�? But I don’t think the “retard jar�? is for me. Instead, I’m going to use a substitution for the word. From now on, instead of saying “retard�? or “that’s so retarded,�? I’m going to say “leotard�? and “that’s so leotarded.�? I won’t be mocking the mentally challenged, just the physically gifted. I will pick on the strong—and the limber—and not the weak.�?

    Savage Love, by Dan Savage, April 29, 2009

    May 1, 2009