hot pants

plural noun

Definition of hot pants 

: very short shorts

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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 Kathleen Renda: Dust off those disco eight-tracks and hot pants. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "A "Groovy and Tribal" Vibe Cast a Domino Effect on This Southern Home," 5 Mar. 2018 The first two dozen looks in his show basically consisted of black drain-pipe trousers with a skimpy top and jacket and black hot pants with a skimpy top and jacket. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Is Dries Van Noten the Last Sophisticated Designer in Paris?," 28 Feb. 2018 Despite the bitter temperatures, designer Anthony Vaccarello’s latest showing proved to be another Paris Fashion Week sensation by way of sultry silhouettes—from the leather hot pants to the thigh-skimming sequin dresses—and mile-long limbs. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Saint Laurent's Bold (and Bare!) Legs Steal the Show at Paris Fashion Week," 27 Feb. 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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