from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman's full trousers cut to resemble a skirt. Often used in the plural.

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  • n. Singular form of culottes.

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  • n. a divided skirt


French, breeches, diminutive of cul, rump, from Latin cūlus; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French (Wiktionary)


  • Soldiers wore a knee breeches called a culotte, it extended from the waist to just below the knee.

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  • In all I would have to say the filet and the culotte were my favorites.

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  • Fortunately, the Victorian era fashion industry co-opted the word "culotte" and introduced the "split-skirt" for women who rode bicycles or horses.

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  • Related English includes recoil, as well as a sassy word imported from French, culotte.

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  • Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier 's white piqué jacket and culotte were inspired by the '20s tennis player Suzanne Lenglen .

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  • Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier's white piqué jacket and culotte were inspired by the '20s tennis player Suzanne Lenglen.

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  • The $725 Wang shorts have a "more culotte-style leg" than the others she owns, Ms. Wodehouse says, a feature that "injects that tough Kate Moss 'my boyfriend is in a rock band' kind of thing."

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  • The next day there was a memo saying, you know, bug off, no more of this culotte jazz, this is an office of business.

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  • Sectional assemblies were typically the hotbeds of direct democracy and sans-culotte militancy.


  • Especially through its influence over sans-culotte activism, the Commune expanded its political role as the Revolution progressed.



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