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or culotte

[koo-lots, kyoo-] /kuˈlɒts, kyu-/
plural noun
women's trousers, usually knee-length or calf-length, cut full to resemble a skirt.
Origin of culottes
1835-45; < French: literally, breeches, equivalent to cul rump + -ottes, plural of -otte, feminine of -ot noun suffix. See culet Unabridged
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plural noun
women's flared trousers cut to look like a skirt
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: breeches, from cul bottom; see culet
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Word Origin and History for culottes

"a divided skirt," 1911, from French culotte "breeches" (16c.), a diminutive of cul "bottom, backside, backside, anus," from Latin culus "bottom, fundament." Earlier, in the singular cullote, it was used to mean "knee-breeches" (1842). Por le cul bieu "By God's arse" was an Old French oath.

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