Definition of tap pants in English:

tap pants

plural noun

North American
  • A pair of brief lingerie shorts, usually worn with a camisole top.

    • ‘The designer bucked the trend on Monday with plenty of glimpses of bras, slips and tap pants but the show was more of an artistic statement than a presentation of wearable fashions.’
    • ‘Today the only place you can buy tap pants is at Victoria's Secret.’
    • ‘The luscious silk and delicate lace trim are what make these tap pants so glamorous.’
    • ‘These tap pants from the 1930s are truly a feminine creation.’
    • ‘Indulge in this pretty lace accented silk camisole and matching tap pants.’


1970s: so named because such shorts were formerly worn for tap dancing.