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Definition of "maillot" [maillot]

  • A coarsely knitted, stretchable jersey fabric. (noun)
  • A pair of tights or a leotard of such fabric, worn for ballet or gymnastics. (noun)
  • A woman's one-piece swimsuit usually cut high on the leg. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "maillot" in a sentence
  • "In France in the 20s, the word maillot, possibly based on the name of the costumier of the Paris Opera, described a tight-fitting bathing costume."
  • "The drawings are remarkable for the pose -- that of the left-hand resembling an attitude assumed in boxing, whilst the dress -- a kind of maillot or "tights" -- is gripped round the waist by a firm ring (like a table-napkin ring), the compression of which is no doubt exaggerated."
  • "And now I bid you good-night, as I have to be up before the day -- so many things to buy and settle and arrange -- first of all to procure myself a 'maillot' and a 'peignoir,' and shoes for the beach!"