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or pantalettes

[pan-tl-ets] /ˌpæn tlˈɛts/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
Sometimes, pantalet. long drawers extending below the skirt, with a frill or other finish at the bottom of the leg, commonly worn by women and girls in the 19th century.
a pair of separate frilled or trimmed pieces for attaching to the legs of women's drawers.
Also called trousers.
Origin of pantalets
First recorded in 1825-35; pantal(oon) + -et + -s3
Related forms
pantaletted, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The frocks were made shorter, and the pantalets kept them company.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • I have three white hens—one top-knot, one plain, and one with pantalets.

  • He orter stay at home an' wear Congress gaiters an' pantalets.

  • Then Victorian hoops which were succeeded by the Victorian bustles, pantalets, black velvet at throat and wrists, and lockets.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank
  • It was a pretty picture, and would have been prettier, if they had shown bare little legs, instead of pantalets.

  • "It was her concert dress," said the woman, regarding aunt Corinne's pantalets with some contempt.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • “It looks to me as if she were trying to revive the fashion of pantalets,” suggested Priscilla.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation

    Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • I'm a dingy old shadow in a daguerreotype picture, in pantalets, cuddled up against my mother's hoopskirt.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • The portrait it contained had been banished to the attic while her three eldest sisters were still in Wellington pantalets.

  • Their pantalets reached almost to their heels, and their gingham aprons were almost as long, and cut without a gore.

British Dictionary definitions for pantalets


plural noun
long drawers, usually trimmed with ruffles, extending below the skirts: worn during the early and mid 19th century
a pair of ruffles for the ends of such drawers
Word Origin
C19: diminutive of pantaloons
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