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sansculotte

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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

sansculottic play \-ˈlä-tik\ adjective
sansculottish play \-tish\ adjective
sansculottism play \-ˌti-zəm\ noun


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At the time of the French Revolution (1787-1799), knee breeches (culottes in French) were the height of fashion for aristocratic men. The men of the general populace could not afford such impractical finery and instead wore the pantaloon (long trousers). When the poorer classes rose up against the government, members of the Revolutionary army used this difference in dress to distinguish themselves from the aristocracy, calling themselves "soldats sans culottes," literally, "soldiers without culottes." Almost immediately, sansculotte became a noun in both French and English.

Origin of sansculotte

French sans-culotte, literally, without breeches


First Known Use: 1790


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