from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having legs that flare out at the bottom: bell-bottom trousers.
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- adj. A style of pants in which the end of each pantleg flares out dramatically from the knee downward, like the mouth of a bell.
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- adj. (of trousers) having legs that flare at the bottom
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And how he used to dress, said Sarah, apparently referring to his bell-bottom years.
His music is still swinging — itself no longer an asset by 1971 — but Prima himself, dressed in a blue bell-bottom suit and sporting a Beatle haircut, seems like a man who has outlived his moment.
As for jeans, the backlash has begun on skinny jeans in women's fashion — bell-bottom versions have made frightening appearances on runways — and will follow in men's as well, though hopefully in a more understated way.
Towards the beginning of a set that lasted about an hour and was a string of highlights, Ebersole--wearing a bowtie I've been influenced by Aaron, she said and a black outfit with bell-bottom trousers--mentioned she'd only had two rehearsals.
Designer Michael McDonald dresses the cast in vests with fringe, bell-bottom jeans and headbands, emblematic of a time when it was normal to walk around in costume.
My attitudes have ripened over the decades and I've put away the bell-bottom pants, but I recently decided to take a fresh look around this town where parking tickets can cost a week's salary and vehicles haphazardly compete with pedestrians in weaving competitions similar to the blind road races once held through the streets of Calcutta.
Tall and lithe and wide-eyed, she had leukemia and when her long diaphanous white-blond hair fell out, she tied the most gorgeous silk scarves around her delicate head, sloped bell-bottom pants off her jutting hips, wrapped her bony wrists in loose sheaves of silver bangles.
Suburbia was leisure suits and bell-bottom jeans; I wanted white gloves and pearls, tweed and jodhpurs.
“Cool,” said a passing woman in tattered bell-bottom jeans.
Boy-cut sweaters, flat boots and a gold-brocade tunic over matching slight bell-bottom pants — this Rochas woman knows how to have fun.