Definition of Lycra in English:

Lycra

noun

mass nountrademark
  • An elastic polyurethane fibre or fabric used especially for close-fitting sports clothing.

    as modifier ‘Lycra shorts’
    • ‘My pair of sleek, stylish and always sexy Lycra bike shorts that I was sporting only weeks ago have been traded in for sweatpants and a fleece.’
    • ‘Wearing anything from period costume to Lycra leggings, the teams also have to perform tasks such as scoffing a piece of cake or bobbing an apple at various points.’
    • ‘Linen will be combined with Lycra and many of the benefits that gave denim a boost when first combined with Lycra will soon be a familiar demand from consumers for linen.’
    • ‘The look this year, I am happy to say, is Lycra, and Lycra was invented with Cuban bottoms in mind.’
    • ‘If you're not wearing a suit, then pants with wool, gabardine, or wool with Lycra are an excellent option for work.’
    • ‘I am not the kind of bicyclist who gets into black Lycra shorts and shirts which look as if they are sponsored by 10 different suppliers of drugs to the Tour de France.’
    • ‘But adding Lycra can make the fabric less stable, requiring more maintenance by the consumer.’
    • ‘The errant male cyclist, clad in lurid Lycra, sunglasses and helmet, was according to Chris ‘in no mood to wait around’.’
    • ‘PVC, fishnet, Lycra and velvet were worked into corsets, coats and masks.’
    • ‘In the same year, the arrival of the synthetic fibre Lycra paved the way for a more radical look, with fashion designer Rudi Gernreich creating the monokini.’
    • ‘Tiger Woods never plays tournaments in shorts, let alone black denim and Lycra.’
    • ‘‘I was a random tattooed thug with short hair and Lycra trousers and wrestling pads,’ he says.’
    • ‘You'll need a pair of straight leg pants, preferably a wool blend, with fabrics such as cotton, nylon and even some Lycra.’
    • ‘Men fight in a loin cloth, the ‘mawashi’, and although women also wear one, it is usually over a leotard and Lycra shorts.’
    • ‘Solid-color, tie-dye, and lace-trim varieties are all made from soft rayon Lycra.’
    • ‘To that end, Burlington will be using different yams, such as Lycra spandex, polyester, polyolefin and Tencel, in its new fabrics.’
    • ‘The Lycra spandex stretch denim business is good, he adds, and is expected to become a core offering in the United States.’
    • ‘With 5 per cent added Lycra, the clothing will allow you to manoeuvre more freely.’
    • ‘If you're going for the fitted top (I said fitted, not tight), opt for a top with Lycra in it, for that added stretch.’
    • ‘This is an era of bikini swimsuits, Lycra sportswear, revealing underwear and lingerie ads in mainstream newspapers.’

Origin

1950s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

Lycra

/ˈlʌɪkrə/