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tutu1

Syllabification: tu·tu
Pronunciation: /ˈto͞oˌto͞o
 
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noun

A female ballet dancer’s costume consisting of a bodice and an attached skirt incorporating numerous layers of fabric, this being either short and stiff and projecting horizontally from the waist (the classical tutu) or long, soft, and bell-shaped (the romantic tutu).
Example sentences
  • Actually on that Thursday morning, approximately half of the tutus did arrive - bodices without any decoration, made for one dancer - and skirts for another.
  • The grand pas de deux was danced in white with red trim and while Kitri's costume was beautiful the stiff tutu lacked grace.
  • It was beautiful - it had a short, puffy skirt that reminded me of a ballet tutu, with rhinestones decorating it, and a sleek and sexy shirt that hugged my boyish curves, and made me think that I looked beautiful.

Origin

early 20th century: from French, child's alteration of cucu, informal diminutive of cul 'buttocks'.

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  • The female ballerina's costume gets its name from the French nursery. In French tutu is a child's alteration of cucu, an informal term for the bottom, from cul ‘buttocks’. The outfit originally referred to was the short classical tutu, with a skirt projecting horizontally from the waist. The leotard sometimes worn by dancers gets its name from that of the French trapeze artist Jules Léotard ( 1830–1870).

Words that rhyme with tutu

Basotho, Hutu, Lesotho, Mobutu, Sotho

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Pronunciation: /ˈtuːtuː/

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noun

A New Zealand shrub which bears poisonous purplish-black berries.
  • Coriaria arborea, family Coriariaceae

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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  • The female ballerina's costume gets its name from the French nursery. In French tutu is a child's alteration of cucu, an informal term for the bottom, from cul ‘buttocks’. The outfit originally referred to was the short classical tutu, with a skirt projecting horizontally from the waist. The leotard sometimes worn by dancers gets its name from that of the French trapeze artist Jules Léotard ( 1830–1870).

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