cu·​lotte | \ ˈkü-ˌlät How to pronounce culotte (audio) , ˈkyü-; kü-ˈlät, kyü- How to pronounce culotte (audio) \

Definition of culotte

: a divided skirt also : a garment having a divided skirt often used in plural

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Cyrus wore a Chanel tweed jacket and culottes on the red carpet, along with Chanel accessories. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth Packed on the PDA at Chanel's Pre-Oscars Dinner," 24 Feb. 2019 Lively walked the red carpet solo in her figure-hugging, bedazzled blazer and flowy, wide-legged culottes. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Blake Lively Wore Yet Another Suit to the 2018 VMAs," 20 Aug. 2018 Which could be an issue because... Yup, Young Ian went ahead and traded Roger for a necklace, and now this poor dude and his culottes are being dragged to upstate New York. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jamie Made a Million Terrible Decisions in Tonight's Outlander," 7 Jan. 2019 Her Majesty ditched the dress’s streamlined silhouette and made her ensemble directional by tucking it into her ladylike culottes. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Yes, Even Queen Rania Shops at Zara," 11 Dec. 2018 Getty Images The Daily Mail reports that Meghan is struggling with the royal family's strict fashion rules and pushing back, notably with her Wimbledon look this year, which included white culottes and a blue and white striped Ralph Lauren shirt. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Reportedly Vetoed a Look Meghan Markle Wants to Wear During Her Australian Tour," 22 July 2018 The culotte may be the trickiest trouser, but that hasn't stopped celebrities from pulling it off. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Pulls Off the Season’s Trickiest Pant Length," 9 Aug. 2018 Her crisp, all-white ensemble featured a figure-hugging blazer with a bedazzled lapel, a button-down shirt fastened all the way to the collar, and a dramatic pair of flowy, wide-legged culottes that pooled around the actor’s feet. Andrea Park, Allure, "Blake Lively's Low Ponytail Perfectly Complements Her Sharp White Suit at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards," 21 Aug. 2018 So have the increasing popularity of high-necked blouses, square tops that hide curves, culottes and jumpsuits. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "The Feminist Future of Modesty," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of culotte

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for culotte

French, breeches, from diminutive of cul backside — more at culet

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