sans-culotte[sanz′ko̵o lät′, -kyo̵o-; Fr sän kü lō̂t′]
sans-culotte definition by Webster's New World
- a revolutionary: term of contempt applied by the aristocrats to the republicans of the poorly clad French Revolutionary army, who substituted pantaloons for knee breeches
- any radical or revolutionary
Origin: French literally , without breeches: (see sans and amp; culotte)
sans-culotte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An extreme radical republican during the French Revolution.
- A revolutionary extremist.
Origin: French : sans, without + culotte, breeches.