Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Properly, that part of the hose which covered the trunk or body, as distinguished from those parts which covered the limbs; hence, a garment covering the person from the waist to the middle of the thigh or lower, and shaped like a bag through which the legs are thrust, the whole being usually made wide and full.

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Examples

  • The party didn't even have any official position on how the state should define a union between a codpiece and some trunk-hose.

    Jilly Gagnon: A TEA Party Thanksgiving

  • Worldly – Wiseman alone, by some inexplicable quirk, stands before Christian in laced hat, embroidered waistcoat, and trunk-hose.

    Lay Morals

  • Hakon looked up as a tall man in trunk-hose, boots and scarlet cloak entered the taproom.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • For my part, I expect to see the use of trunk-hose and buttered ale ascribed to the influence of the feudal system.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • Let not thy breeches be too tight, or hang too loose about thy thighs, like the trunk-hose of our ancestors. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • All which plainly shews, may it please your worships, that the decay of eloquence, and the little good service it does at present, both within and without doors, is owing to nothing else in the world, but short coats, and the disuse of trunk-hose. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • TWENTY-ONE Mary smoothed down her doublet and turned her foot this way and that, studying the way her leg looked in the wine-coloured trunk-hose.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • Mary smoothed down her doublet and turned her foot this way and that, studying the way her leg looked in the wine-coloured trunk-hose.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • The headwaiter, clad in the long waistcoat and full trunk-hose of the late Seventeenth Century, bowed punctiliously.

    The Penal Cluster

  • _Trunck Breeches_ (No. 24.p. 384.), more commonly called "trunk-hose," were short wide breeches reaching a little above, or sometimes below the knees, stuffed with hair, and striped.

    Notes and Queries, Number 30, May 25, 1850

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