Definition of maillot in English:

maillot

Line breaks: mail¦lot
Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈjəʊ
 
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noun (plural pronunc. same)

  • 1A pair of tights, especially as worn by ballet dancers and circus artistes: she was dressed in a flesh-coloured leotard, gauzy maillot, and a thigh-skimming tunic
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    • By the end of that century, the ballerina's long tutu and the premier danseur's tights, trunks and maillot became de rigueur and virtually standardized.
  • 2North American A woman’s swimsuit: a tall girl in a blue maillot stands in an inch of water
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    • Sculpted by the raking light, the bathers are russet and gold in the sun, vibrant in blue and red two-piece swimsuits, trunks, a maillot, absorbed in the folding of towels and blankets.
    • Caitlin was surprised to find that despite being totally immersed in the pool, the white maillot she wore had not become soaking wet.
    • She exhibits an understanding of the need to balance fashion and function in her sleek black maillot trimmed in white.
  • 3A jersey or top worn in cycle racing: the maillot jaune is the yellow jersey worn by the leader
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    • After the epic 120-mile escape on Saturday that gave him the stage win, the King of the Mountains jersey and the maillot jaune, reality set in on the first hairpins of this climb.
    • And he is the outstanding favourite to finish in Paris wearing the maillot jaune, the yellow jersey of race leader, this year.
    • Since then he has known both glory and disaster, but yesterday as the Tour entered the Alps he managed the grand slam: the sixth stage win of his career, the maillot jaune and the polka-dot King of the Mountains jersey.

Origin

French.

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