Definition of salopettes in English:


plural noun

  • Trousers with a high waist and shoulder straps, typically made of a padded fabric and worn for skiing.

    • ‘Otherwise, it's worth looking in H&M for excellent, well-priced jackets and salopettes, particularly for children.’
    • ‘Neither of the fundraisers have even put on a pair of skis or salopettes, but they intend to glide down the slopes with ease in the 26 mile event.’
    • ‘Almost everyone was wearing après-ski and ‘moon’ boots and, in a couple of instances, what looked remarkably like salopettes.’
    • ‘A maintenance brigade dressed in voluminous salopettes, Arctic mittens and balaclavas is repairing the rig, a geyser of steam and water shooting up into the air as they pull sections of pipe out of the ground.’


1970s: from French salopette in the same sense + -s by analogy with such words as trousers.