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tights (n.)

1827, "tight-fitting breeches," from tight. Meaning "skin-tights worn by dancers, acrobats, etc." is attested from 1836.

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Definitions of tights from WordNet

tights (n.)
skintight knit hose covering the body from the waist to the feet worn by acrobats and dancers and as stockings by women and girls;
Synonyms: leotards
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