One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A one-piece garment similar to overalls, with a front flap and shoulder straps or a full sleeveless top, worn for skiing, sailing, etc.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Almost everyone was wearing après-ski and ‘moon’ boots and, in a couple of instances, what looked remarkably like salopettes.’
- ‘Otherwise, it's worth looking in H&M for excellent, well-priced jackets and salopettes, particularly for children.’
1970s: from French salopette in the same sense + -s by analogy with such words as trousers.
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