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

  • n. A short skirt, often consisting of many layers of gathered sheer fabric, worn by ballerinas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ballet skirt made of layered stiff but light netting.


French, perhaps alteration of cucu, baby-talk reduplication of cul, buttocks; see culotte.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tutu, an alteration of cucu, which is itself a reduplicated form of cul ("butt, bum, arse"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "Beyond that, Mr. Obama has played golf, taken walks on the beach with his daughters, eaten dinner at a few Honolulu restaurants with his wife and friends, and visited almost daily with his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, whom Mr. Obama calls “tutu,�? a Hawaiian term."

    The New York Times, McCain Displays Credentials as Obama Relaxes, by Michael Falcone, August 14, 2008

    August 15, 2008

  • Alphabetical? ;-)

    April 30, 2008

  • I call WeirdNet bias. Why Desmond is listed before "a very short skirt" is beyond me*.

    *note: not really.

    April 29, 2008

  • well-known ballet skirt.

    December 10, 2006

  • along with the ballet costume, tutu is also the hawaiian word for grandmother

    December 5, 2006