1. A woman's one-piece swimsuit usually cut high on the leg.
2. A pair of tights or a leotard made from a stretchable jersey fabric, worn for ballet or gymnastics.
[French, from Old French, swaddling clothes, from maille, mesh, from Latin macula.]
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