noun (used with a plural verb)

underpants or undershorts for women and children.

Also pantie, panty.

Origin of panties

1835–45, Americanism; plural of panty




Origin of pantie

variant of panty



noun, plural pant·ies.

Origin of panty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for panties


pl n

a pair of women's or children's underpants
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Word Origin and History for panties

1845, "drawers for men" (derogatory), diminutive of pants; meaning "underpants for women or children" first recorded 1908. Panty raid first attested 1952.

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