from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An article of clothing that covers the part of the body between the waist and the ankles, and is divided into a separate part for each leg.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A garment worn by men and boys, extending from the waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering each leg separately.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A garment for men, extending from the waist to the ankles, covering the lower part of the trunk and each leg separately; originally, tightly fitting drawers; pantaloons. See strossers.
- n. Synonyms Breeches, Trousers, Pantaloons. Breeches are properly short clothes, reaching just below the knee; the use of the word for trousers is erroneous and vulgar. Trousers is the old word for the garment common in Occidental nations to cover the legs of men; many, especially in England, still insist upon the word, and confine pantaloons to its historical sense. Many, however, especially in America, are satisfied with pantaloons (colloquially, pants) for trousers.
1610s, earlier trouzes (1580s), extended from trouse (1570s), with plural ending typical of things in pairs, from Gaelic or Middle Irish triubhas "close-fitting shorts," of uncertain origin. The unexplained intrusive second -r- is perhaps by influence of drawers. (Wiktionary)