or cu·lotte

[koo-lots, kyoo-]
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Origin of culottes

1835–45; < French: literally, breeches, equivalent to cul rump + -ottes, plural of -otte, feminine of -ot noun suffix. See culet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for culottes

petticoat, dress, kilt, sarong, hoop, mini, dirndl, pannier, midi, culottes, tutu

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British Dictionary definitions for culottes


pl n
  1. women's flared trousers cut to look like a skirt

Word Origin for culottes

C20: from French, literally: breeches, from cul bottom; see culet
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Word Origin and History for culottes

"a divided skirt," 1911, from French culotte "breeches" (16c.), a diminutive of cul "bottom, backside, backside, anus," from Latin culus "bottom, fundament." Earlier, in the singular cullote, it was used to mean "knee-breeches" (1842). Por le cul bieu "By God's arse" was an Old French oath.

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