Definition of Pilates noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pɪˈlɑːtiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//pɪˈlɑːtiːz//
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a system of stretching and pushing exercises using special equipment, which help make your muscles stronger and make you able to bend parts of your body more easily Word Origin1960s: named after the German physical fitness specialist Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), who devised the system.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Pilates