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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 classic literature ?
Imagine twenty thousand of them breaking into the midst of an European army, confounding the ranks, overturning the carriages, battering the warriors' faces into mummy by terrible yerks from their hinder hoofs; for they would well deserve the character given to Augustus, RECALCITRAT UNDIQUE TUTUS. But, instead of proposals for conquering that magnanimous nation, I rather wish they were in a capacity, or disposition, to send a sufficient number of their inhabitants for civilizing Europe, by teaching us the first principles of honour, justice, truth, temperance, public spirit, fortitude, chastity, friendship, benevolence, and fidelity.
'Their bodies were found floating in Rasau area, not far from SMK Batang Igan, and about 5km from the spot where they dived from a jetty of Sungai Nanga Tutus longhouse on May 29,' he said.
Like most black South African homes at the time, the Tutus' house had no electricity or indoor plumbing.
I used to think that dancers who wore practice tutus for rehearsals were just trying to get into the mood.
In this volume the Tutus share their vision that people can find hope and joy in the world's darkest moments by realizing that they were made for goodness and that goodness will win in the end.
* English National Ballet will display the tutus at a fundraising catwalk show on June 29 at a summer party at The Orangery in Kensington Palace, London.
The Tutus clearly speak from their own tradition as Anglican priests, though they include interfaith acts of goodness to demonstrate that such virtue is not exclusive to Christianity.
It is also challenging because, as one of the news correspondents who covered the conference stated, "Archbishop Tutus talk, titled: Human Illness and the Experience of Vulnerability, inevitably becomes a fruit salad of sermon, philosophy, health advice, storytelling and comedy." Although he kept his audience captivated throughout, the Archbishop crisscrossed between themes and meanings, a very interesting presentation but at the same time very hard to capture precisely.
American Ballet Theatre's Gillian Murphy, who performed the role of Aurora in the company's new Sleeping Beauty, says, "I love dancing in a tutu. It's light and beautiful and creates part of the magic." Murphy, whose mother began making tutus for her when she was 11, says that they are sometimes a problem for men.
"Once I have the concept of what I'd like to do and the style of ballet I'm going to do, it forms with that." Welch's 1994 Divergence, a sexy, neoclassical ballet, features rubber tutus and was created while he was dancing with Australian Ballet.
One strategy that has worked for him as artistic director of Carolina Ballet is to present and market accessible works in which men aren't dressed in tights (or ballerinas in tutus) to first-time ballet goers.