January 28, 2019
leotard (noun)
\LEE-uh-tahrd\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a tight one-piece garment worn especially by dancers, gymnasts, and acrobats
How do you use it?
The preschoolers put on an adorable performance, dancing to "Flight of the Bumblebee" in black and yellow leotards.
Are you a word wiz?

Where do you think the word "leotard" comes from?

"Leotard" is an eponym. That means it is a word that developed from the name of a person. In this case, the person who inspired the term was Jules Leotard, the 19th-century French acrobat and circus star who is credited with inventing the flying trapeze. To perform his amazing aerial acrobatic feats, Leotard wore a practical close-fitting garment that let him move freely. The performer became so closely associated with the outfit that by the mid-1880s, people were using the word "leotard" (or "leotards") for any similar clingy one-piece outfit.
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