from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A character in the commedia dell'arte, portrayed as a foolish old man in tight trousers and slippers.
- n. A stock character in modern pantomime, the butt of a clown's jokes.
French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, after San Pantalone, or Saint Pantaleon (died A.D. 303), Roman physician and martyr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)