Definition of pantalets in US English:


(also pantalettes)

plural noun

  • Long underpants with a frill at the bottom of each leg, worn by women and girls in the 19th century.

    • ‘Ellen talks about childhood memories: she remembers that Archer kissed her behind a door, and mentions that she can picture everybody in the audience in their knickerbockers and pantalettes.’
    • ‘She lifted her skirts, showing off her pantalets scandalously, and ran as fast as her tightly fitted corset would allow.’
    • ‘Granny tied the strings and handed Sarah her embroidered pantalets.’
    • ‘So from pantaloons and pantalettes to divided drawers, boxers, granny pants and bikinis, you can bet your choice of underwear will get a mention, and no doubt Hawthorne knows exactly what it says about you.’