tutu

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tu·tu

 (to͞o′to͞o)
n.
A short skirt, often consisting of many layers of gathered sheer fabric, worn by ballerinas.

[French, perhaps alteration of cucu, baby-talk reduplication of cul, buttocks; see culotte.]

tutu

(ˈtuːtuː)
n
(Ballet) a very short skirt worn by ballerinas, made of projecting layers of stiffened sheer material
[from French, changed from the nursery word cucu backside, from cul, from Latin cūlus the buttocks]

tutu

(ˈtuːtuː)
n
(Plants) a shrub, Coriaria arborea, of New Zealand, having seeds that are poisonous to farm animals
[Māori]

Tutu

(ˈtuːtuː)
n
(Biography) Desmond. born 1931, South African clergyman, noted for his opposition to apartheid: Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg (1984–86) and Archbishop of Cape Town (1986–96); in 1995 he became leader of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to investigate human rights violations during the apartheid era. Nobel peace prize 1984

tu•tu

(ˈtuˌtu)

n., pl. -tus.
a short, full skirt, usu. made of several layers of tarlatan or tulle, worn by ballerinas.
[1925–30; < French]
tu′tued`, adj.

Tu•tu

(ˈtu tu)

n.
Desmond (Mpilo), born 1931, South African Anglican clergyman and civil-rights activist: Nobel peace prize 1984.

tutu

Originally a short petticoat sewn together between the legs at each performance for concealment; now short classical ballet skirt made of underpants trimmed with several layers of superimposed frills.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tutu - South African prelate and leader of the antiapartheid struggle (born in 1931)
2.tutu - very short skirt worn by ballerinastutu - very short skirt worn by ballerinas
skirt - a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
Translations
تَنّورَة رَقْص
sukénka
balletskørt
tütü
tútú, ballettpils
klostuotas sijonėlis
suknička
balerin eteği

tutu

[ˈtuːtuː] Ntutú m

tutu

[ˈtuːtuː] ntutu m

tutu

nTutu nt, → Ballettröckchen nt

tutu

[ˈtuːtuː] ntutù m inv

tutu

(ˈtuːtuː) noun
a female ballet dancer's short stiff skirt.
References in periodicals archive ?
Elmhurst Dance School is closely associated with Birmingham Royal Ballet, so we were also treated to gorgeous costumes from wild Cossacks to classical tutus.
Known later as classical tutus and made famous by ballets like Swan Lake, these freer garments climbed farther north, becoming even shorter when ballet entered the 20th century, the added tarlatan layers creating a flared-from-the-body effect.
Shorter classical tutus, perhaps remnants of the Baroque panniered and bustled court gowns that forced a port de bras higher and farther from the body, allowed for freer leg action (even though photos of this style made skinny-legged, long-necked, small-headed ballerinas look vaguely reminiscent of ostriches).