Tutu definition

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A very short, full, projecting skirt worn by ballerinas.
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A ballet skirt made of layered stiff but light netting.

The ballet dancer representing the swan wore a white tutu.

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A short skirt, often consisting of many layers of gathered sheer fabric, worn by ballerinas.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tutu
Plural:
tutus

Origin of tutu

  • French perhaps alteration of cucu baby-talk reduplication of cul buttocks culotte

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French tutu, an alteration of cucu, which is itself a reduplicated form of cul (“butt, bum, arse").

    From Wiktionary