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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A one-piece red culottes suit given by former Eastenders star Anita Dobson has still to be sold.
▪ But they can keep the dressy culottes and pantsuits as long as they are part of a coordinated outfit.
▪ C Longer-length culottes are made from two layers of voile so they have a floaty, sheer effect without being at all see-through.
▪ She uncurled her legs, determinedly smoothed down the neat white culottes, and stood up.
▪ The culottes are very full and have a comfortable, elasticated waistband.
▪ They can wear a sweatshirt or blouse, with culottes or sweat pants.
▪ Under that boldly amused scrutiny, her smart white gabardine culottes suddenly failed to cover quite enough bare, slender brown leg.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

culottes \culottes\ n. pl. a type of women's trousers with wide legs cut loose and full so as to resemble a skirt.

Syn: culotte. [WordNet 1.5] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a divided skirt," 1911, from French culotte "breeches" (16c.), a diminutive of cul "bottom, backside, backside, anus," from Latin culus "bottom, fundament." Earlier, in the singular cullote, it was used to mean "knee-breeches" (1842). Por le cul dieu "By God's arse" was an Old French oath.


n. A type of loose shorts which look like a skirt; a divided skirt.


n. a divided skirt [syn: culotte]


Culottes are items of clothing worn on the lower half. The case of culottes meaning split skirts, historical men's breeches, or women's under-pants is an example of fashion-industry words taken from designs across history, languages and cultures, then using them to describe different garments, often creating confusion among historians, and readers. The French word culotte is (a pair of) panties, pants, knickers, trousers, shorts, or (historically) breeches; derived from the French word culot, meaning the lower-half of a thing, the lower garment in this case.

In English-speaking history culottes were originally the knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. The style of tight trousers ending just below the knee was popularized in France during the reign of Henry III (1574–1589). Culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by buttons, a strap and buckle, or a draw-string. During the French Revolution of 1789–1799, working-class revolutionaries were known as the " sans-culottes" – literally, "without culottes" – a name derived from their rejection of aristocratic apparel. In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington through James Monroe, wore culottes according to the style of the late 18th century.

Usage examples of "culottes".

She was wearing baggy culottes and pink Reebok tennis shoes and a blousy top that was tied off beneath her breasts so that her belly was bare.

But really, this disheveled boy in camp shirt and boating culottes didn't much resemble the Bascal Edward you saw on TV.

The culottes were lavender, the capri pants were yellow and white checked gingham printed with daisies, and the jeans were embroidered.

Her long, glossy black hair was coiled up into a Psyche knot, and she wore a white low-cat frilly blouse and very tight green-and-red striped culottes.

Something involving heresy and the whore of Babylon as well as skorts and culottes.