05 January 2016
Leotard - a close-fitting one-piece garment, made of a stretchy fabric, that covers a person's body from the shoulders to the top of the thighs - typically worn by dancers or people exercising indoors.
This is a word and a garment I not only associate with dancers, but also with an earlier time. I don't hear the word much these days and perhaps that is a fashion thing or perhaps dance is not as much in vogue with young people.
The word sounds French, but in checking the origin I find that it is another example of an eponym. The garment is named after a French trapeze artist (not a dancer) named Jules Léotard (1839–70). the word and fashion was first in vogue in the early 2oth century.