hot pants

plural noun

Definition of hot pants

: very short shorts

Examples of hot pants in a Sentence

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For the girl who likes to flaunt it, there's the classic hot pant—short shorts for those who have legs, and know how to use them. Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Trends to Go All In On for 2019," 8 Jan. 2019 Just in time for the holiday season, Beyoncé has shared photos of her latest look on Instagram—a custom silver snakeskin A. Sauvage blazer dress, complete with matching hot pants. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Just Wore Silver Snakeskin Hot Pants, So I'm Buying Silver Snakeskin Hot Pants," 23 Dec. 2018 Her Technicolor beauty look offset the iconic character's uniform of a jet-black, second-skin PVC bustier and hot pants, replete with slinky evening gloves and plastic feline frames. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Rihanna Shuts Down Halloween As Only She Can—and Debuts Fall's Must-Have Lip Color," 1 Nov. 2018 Kim Kardashian West and Miley Cyrus have stepped out in sequined flag hot pants. Cindy Dampier,, "Are flag-wearing celebs being disrespectful or just following their own American tradition?," 5 July 2018 The Guardian’s Maev Kennedy writes that Quant’s designs ranged from the daringly short hemlines of hot pants and miniskirts to the bright colors and patterns of her affordable yet high-fashion designs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The V&A Wants Your Help Locating Vintage Mary Quant Designs," 12 June 2018 Outside the festival’s seafront headquarters, young women in hot pants roller skate around distributing copies of a fashion magazine. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Cannes, Where Weinstein Reigned, Reckons With #MeToo Fallout," 15 May 2018 At the Balenciaga Fall 2015 show, Kardashian left little to the imagination in this white mesh dress and hot pants. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Just Got a Major Wardrobe Makeover," 8 June 2015 Monet X Change comes in sweeping the floor dressed as a janitor, which gives way to sparkling hot pants. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 premiere recap: Mayhem Miller, Miz Cracker and Christina Aguilera," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hot pants

1970, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hot pants

: very short and tight shorts for women

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