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or pan·ta·lettes

noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. 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.
  2. a pair of separate frilled or trimmed pieces for attaching to the legs of women's drawers.
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Origin of pantalets

First recorded in 1825–35; pantal(oon) + -et + -s3
Also called trousers.
Related formspan·ta·let·ted, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pantalets

Historical Examples of pantalets

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pantalets



pl n
  1. long drawers, usually trimmed with ruffles, extending below the skirts: worn during the early and mid 19th century
  2. a pair of ruffles for the ends of such drawers
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Word Origin for pantalets

C19: diminutive of pantaloons
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