or pan·ta·lettes

[ pan-tl-ets ]

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.

Origin of pantalets

First recorded in 1825–35; pantal(oon) + -et + -s3

Other words from pantalets

  • pan·ta·let·ted, adjective

Words Nearby pantalets Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pantalets in a sentence

  • Off came pantalets, waist and undercoverings, through the pure, cold water he waded.

    Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
  • “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 not going to dress up in Sunday best manners because you wear ruffled pantalets.

    A Little Girl in Old New York | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • They were wearing pantalets shorter now, and she noticed that Lily wore hers very short.

    A Little Girl in Old New York | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • The portrait it contained had been banished to the attic while her three eldest sisters were still in Wellington pantalets.

British Dictionary definitions for pantalets



/ (ˌpæntəˈlɛts) /

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

Origin of pantalets

C19: diminutive of pantaloons

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