Definitions for culotteskuˈlɒts, kyu-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(used with a pl. v.) women's trousers, usu. knee-length or calf-length, cut full to resemble a skirt.
Origin of culottes:
1835–45; < F: lit., breeches =cul rump +-ottes, pl. of -otte, fem. of -ot n. suffix. See culet
A type of loose shorts which look like a skirt; a divided skirt.
Plural form of culotte.
Culottes is a word that originated in the French language. Historically, "culottes" referred to the knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. This style of tight pants ending just below the knee was first popularized in France during the reign of Henry III. Culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by either buttons, a strap and buckle, or by 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 old-fashioned style of the eighteenth century.
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