cu·​lotte ˈkü-ˌlät How to pronounce culotte (audio)
kyü- How to pronounce culotte (audio)
: a divided skirt
also : a garment having a divided skirt
often used in plural

Examples of culotte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See tuxedos where the culottes are actually basketball shorts; choirboy collars as stiff and soaring as those of a high court judge; hammered bronze and silver sequins matched with sweats or T-shirts; and the most dramatic taffeta opera cloaks over ratty old tighty whities. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 My favorite looks are the opener, a lime bralette with culottes and strap accents; the bubblegum peek-a-boo corset top with a dual-slit skirt; those fabulous wide-leg checkerboard pants; and the closer, a matching checkerboard gown. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 8 Sep. 2023 Her one-piece khaki culottes were covered in a spring floral pattern and cinched in at her waist with a woven belt. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 4 July 2023 Dolce & Gabbana balconette bra, $465, and culottes, $375; 877-70-DGUSA. Alicia Banilivy, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2023 This next option from Banana Republic Factory is technically a pair of culottes, and predictably, could pass as a black maxi skirt. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 2 June 2023 But between the two of them, Zendaya was the real scene stealer in a backless deep plunge sleeveless vest worn over culottes from Louis Vuitton. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 26 Apr. 2023 Among his stage costumes, for example, were seashell culottes and red high heels. Kanis Leung, ajc, 1 Apr. 2023 There were plenty at the Fall 2023 show, from culottes to bloomers with camellia pockets to completely sheer lace bike shorts worn over white lace stockings. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of culotte was in 1911

Dictionary Entries Near culotte

Cite this Entry

“Culotte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a divided skirt or a garment with a divided skirt
often used in plural
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