Meaning of sans-culotte

sans-cu•lotte

Pronunciation: (sanz"kyoo-lot', -koo- Fr. sän-ky-lôt'), [key]
— pl. sans-cu•lottes
  1. (in the French Revolution) a revolutionary of the poorer class: originally a term of contempt applied by the aristocrats but later adopted as a popular name by the revolutionaries.
  2. any extreme republican or revolutionary.
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