Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

sansculotte

play
noun sans·cu·lotte \ˌsanz-ku̇-ˈlät, -kyu̇-\

Definition of sansculotte

  1. 1 :  an extreme radical republican in France at the time of the French Revolution

  2. 2 :  a radical or violent extremist in politics

sans·cu·lott·ic play \-ˈlä-tik\ adjective
sans·cu·lott·ish play \-tish\ adjective
sans·cu·lott·ism play \-ˌti-zəm\ noun


Origin of sansculotte

French sans-culotte, literally, without breeches


First Known Use: 1790


Learn More about sansculotte


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sansculotte? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ