from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of long underpants with a frill at the bottom of each leg

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See pantalets.


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  • Then there were two other young ladies – Miss Letitia Ann Thornton, a tall-grown girl in pantalettes, evidently a would-be aristocrat, from the air of her head and lip, with a well-looking face, and looking well knowing of the same, and sporting neat little white cuffs at her wrists – the only one who bore such a distinction.


  • The students, boys in stovepipe trousers and wide-collared shirts and girls in dresses and pantalettes, were encouraged to sing and clap during frequent breaks from lessons.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • A plain corset and pantalettes served as underwear.

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • And I suspect, given your frequent mentioning of French ladies 'pantalettes, you do too.

    Love Affairs

  • I think if I were in a religious group that required dresses, and it was permitted, I'd be buying those frilly pantalettes!

    Well, I Guess It's Time To Wrap This Up, Then - A Dress A Day

  • Her skin was perfect alabaster covered only by her strange pantalettes, the black silk that was like a V on her body.

    A Hunger Like No Other

  • These were the days when Sammy encountered Anna Laura Hawkins, late of Kentucky—or, as she became in her incarnation as “Becky Thatcher,” the “lovely little blue-eyed creature with yellow hair plaited into two long tails, white summer frock and embroidered pantalettes.”

    Mark Twain

  • Of course she and Juley — “We were in pantalettes then, my dear” — had not felt it much at the time.

    In Chancery

  • Virginia would feed the rabbits and run to pick the wild flowers in the fields, and her flying legs would disclose her little embroidered pantalettes.

    A Simple Soul

  • Although her dress, shoes, and corset were gone, she still wore her chemise, pantalettes, and stockings.

    One Night Of Scandal

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