hot pants

plural noun

Definition of hot pants

: very short shorts

Examples of hot pants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hot pants.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hot pants

1970, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hot pants

Statistics for hot pants

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hot pants

The first known use of hot pants was in 1970

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hot pants

hot pants


English Language Learners Definition of hot pants

: very short and tight shorts for women

Comments on hot pants

What made you want to look up hot pants? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


standardized text or formulaic language

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!