American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Trousers extending down to or just below the knee.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Breeches that reach to the knee or just below it; especially, a close-fitting garment covering the thigh and the lower part of the body, worn generally from the beginning of the eighteenth century until about 1815. See knickerbocker, 3.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. breeches coming to the knee, and buckled or fastened there; smallclothes.
- n. See under Breeches.
- n. trousers ending above the knee
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