Definition of culottes in English:


plural noun

  • Women's knee-length trousers, cut with very full legs to resemble a skirt.

    • ‘We also noted two bias-cut rose pink dresses with shoestring straps, culottes, cross-over tops in cotton and T-shirts with shell emblems.’
    • ‘They are just like regular slips but are split with a seam up each leg, so they can be worn under pants, culottes, or skirts.’
    • ‘Yesterday while walking to work I had a revelation that they're awfully similar to culottes.’
    • ‘Until they started to dance, they looked prim and librarian-like in their dark-colored culottes topped by demure, sheer, white blouses.’
    • ‘The girl wore khaki culottes and a loose, sleeveless blouse of green gingham.’
    • ‘One: denim culottes with one of our moss-green shabby-chic tweed blazers, a huge brooch and green-gold tango shoes.’
    • ‘The ‘soldier-woman’ with square shoulders and culottes under an overcoat gave way to the ‘flower-woman’ with rounded shoulders, a heightened bust, narrow waist, and immense fan-like skirt 14 metres in circumference.’
    • ‘Knee breeches or culottes were the de rigueur apparel for 18th century gentlemen.’
    • ‘Apparently thongs are old news, with hipster culottes taking over their crown, offering a roomier but still sexy look.’
    • ‘He showed his skill with pantsuits, culottes, pencil skirts and even a pony skin skirt teamed with a chiffon top.’
    • ‘From sexy swimwear and cute tops to beautifully tailored pants (and culottes and jeans) and killer coats, everyone put forth their best efforts and scored a hit.’
    • ‘The style gurus put their money on culottes, Miss Marple tweed and anything plum.’
    • ‘For pants, skirts, shorts or culottes choose the size by the waist measurement unless your hips are much larger than that standard measurement.’
    • ‘They did sketches of him in culottes and baggy shorts.’
    • ‘And here we are in these floor-length indigo-dyed cotton culottes that have 25 pleats in them, and this sort of heavyweight double-stitched cotton top.’
    • ‘Most of the entries record various types of garments made, including camisoles and culottes (shirts and pants), suits, coats, and gloves.’
    • ‘Her red high-heeled boots were well hidden by navy culottes.’
    • ‘Don't let those fancy boys in culottes who just played in the Final Four tell you different.’
    • ‘God knows I must have looked a freak with my 30-inch wide culottes covering shoes with two inch high platforms, but that was nothing to the exposure today.’
    • ‘No longer will I be a vision in cheesecloth and impetuously purchased clamdigger culottes.’


Mid 19th century: French, breeches diminutive of cul rump from Latin culus.