Definitions

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

  • n.pl. Leather shorts, often with suspenders, worn by men and boys, especially in Bavaria.

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  • n. knee-breeches made of leather

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. leather shorts often worn with suspenders; worn especially by men and boys in Bavaria

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German lederhose : leder, leather (from Old High German ledar) + hose, trousers (from Old High German hosa).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Lederhose. The -n at the end of the singular nominative is a feature of the Bavarian dialect. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Critics say the Wiesn has warped from a quaint Volksfest into a cultural wasteland: women in lederhosen, the occasional man in a dirndl, and celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton flaunting designer renditions that cost thousands of dollars.

    At Oktoberfest, a Controversy Brews Over Racy Designer Dirndls

  • Mr. ROCCA: Putting the led in lederhosen, in other words.

    Panel Round Two

  • He said he did it "for love," but he knew he looked great in lederhosen, Wendy said.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Steve from Scary Toy Clown submits his post following the path of bright orange novelty lederhosen from the Bavarian Beer company which have now shown up as the main game piece in a Chinese board game with an amusingly violent commercial.

    Boing Boing

  • As the child grows older, it dresses in lederhosen and has a pudding bowl haircut, but all its basic functions develop normally.

    Germans and humour

  • Does the book about Germany explore the first half of the last century, or does it just have nice pictures of people dancing in lederhosen at the hofbrau?

    June 2006

  • I have visions of young Germans in lederhosen with their water bottles and sausages hiking around Lake Chapala, singing patriotic songs and putting up directional signs destined to become easels for young Mexican grafitti artists who will obscure whatever useless messages were printed thereon to begin with.

    Water Isn't and Then It Is

  • I would be sitting here in lederhosen eating cold wurst as we speak.

    Balloon Juice » 2004 » June

  • Boys wore leather shorts called lederhosen and girls wore dresses called dirndls.

    Latest News

  • Billed as “the busiest German band in Texas,” the group also includes four dancers dressed in lederhosen, dirndl, and knee socks.

    American Grace

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