hot pants

plural noun

Definition of hot pants

: very short shorts

Examples of hot pants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were cowboy boots and heels and peasant skirts and hot pants and bandannas and military jackets. Greta Gerwig, Vogue, "Come As You Are," 6 Dec. 2019 The costumes, by Kym Barrett, are fantastic (a love letter to sequins, hot pants and excess) as are all the fierce makeup looks. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Elizabeth Banks takes a shot at ‘Charlie’s Angels’," 14 Nov. 2019 Lifting the ban meant that Boston’s fashionable women could finally wear 1971’s fashion craze: hot pants., "When Winston Churchill came to town, he stayed here. So did Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, and the duke and duchess of Windsor. At present, this important piece of Boston history is primarily hosting layers of plaster dust, exposed drywall, bare floors, and many, many power tools.," 2 Nov. 2019 Later, Han and her friends began to wear the colorful hot pants popularized by South Korea’s Girls’ Generation — but only in their neighborhood, not the city center. Washington Post, "How K-pop is luring young North Koreans to cross the line," 23 Aug. 2019 Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate is also along for the ride, dressed in a python trench coat, yellow hot pants, and knee-high white gogo boots. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," 24 July 2019 At the same time that Hari Nef was basking in the sun in a red checkered blazer, Kylie Jenner was rocking that same hue with a pair of hot pants. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and More Incredible Fashion Moments From this Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of hot pants

1970, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2019

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“Hot pants.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hot pants

: very short and tight shorts for women

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