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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of New York.
  • n. Full breeches gathered and banded just below the knee; knickers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A linsey-woolsey fabric having a rough knotted surface on the right side; used for women's dresses.
  • proper n. A descendent of the early Dutch colonists of the New York City area; -- used mostly as a nickname for an inhabitant of New York state or especially New York City.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A descendant of the Dutch settlers of New Netherlands.
  • n. [lowercase] A stout fabric of wool and linen having a rough or knotted surface, used for women's dresses.
  • n. [lowercase] plural Loosely fitting knee-breeches resembling those represented as worn by the Dutch in the seventeenth century; by extension, the whole dress of the lower limbs of which those knee-breeches form part, including the long stocking worn with them; also, the whole costume. Knickerbockers are worn by young boys, and also by sportsmen, by bicyclers, and sometimes by travelers.
  • Pertaining to or regarded as characteristic of the original Dutch settlers in New York, or their descendants.

Etymologies

After Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of History of New York by Washington Irving.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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