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Girl's costume showing linen pantalettes from Godey's Lady's Book 1855

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pantalettes pl (plural only)

  1. (historical) A form of long underpants with a frill at the bottom of each leg.
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter IX, Section iii:
      In the second row of the cavalcade were Francie, Fanny's god-daughter, now thirteen years old and already elegant in long frilled pantalettes, tartan skirts, and a leghorn hat with streamers, []
  2. (historical) A removable kind of ruffle worn at the feet of women's drawers.

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