from The Century Dictionary.

  • A garment for men, consisting of breeches and stockings in one: so called because worn by Venetians.
  • In the early years of the nineteenth century, tight-fitting garments for the thighs and legs, worn by men of fashion, generally buttoned around the lower part of the calf, or sometimes tied with ribbons at this point.
  • Trousers—the modern trousers having succeeded to the pantaloons by a gradual transition.
  • Synonyms See trousers.

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  • noun An article of clothing covering each leg separately, that covers the area from the waist to the ankle.


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Derived from French pantalon, itself derived from Italian pantalone, named after San Pantalone (Saint Pantaleon). (See pantaloon.)


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  • Emperor of Russia, one day ordered the soldiers to stop every passenger who wore pantaloons, and with their hangers to cut off, upon the leg, the offending part of these superfluous breeches; so that a man's legs depended greatly on the adroitness and humanity of a Russ or a Cossack; however this war against _pantaloons_ was very successful, and obtained

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) Isaac Disraeli 1807

  • Babies, as soon as born, are clad in pantaloons and loose waist, irrespective of sex.

    Six Months in Mexico 1888

  • All their money is reserved to buy new dresses for this occasion, silver rolls or gold linings for their hats, or new deerskin pantaloons and embroidered jackets with silver buttons.

    Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years in That Country Frances Erskine Inglis 1843

  • Hanging off the thigh of her pantaloons was a live lobster, his jagged claws entangled in her charming white ruffles.

    Once An Angel Medeiros, Teresa, 1962- 1993

  • _Babolain_ reveals his quality by calling pantaloons, in several places, _pants_, and by adopting an ugly locative common enough in New

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873 Various

  • My nether garments are handed to the khan; in the pocket of my pantaloons is a purse containing a few kerans.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama Thomas Stevens 1894

  • Josiah and Sam Liggins were well dressed, only their pantaloons were a trifle too short and their shoes needed blacking.

    Then and Now;--Or,--Hope's First School Zillah Raymond 1883

  • Showing very plainly that they had no idea that my pantaloons were a very genteel pair, made in the height of the sporting fashion, and copied from my cousin's, who was a young man of fortune and drove a tilbury.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville 1855

  • Yesterday afternoon I noticed that Spain the Cat had developed a condition known (around our house) as "booty dreads" -- whereby her "pantaloons" were growing matted again, even though I just combed her down a couple of days ago.

    work continues to eat my life, so here, have some kitty videos 2007

  • From the first week of her life, I always referred to her pants as "pantaloons" because I was (and am) reading the Aubrey/Maturin seafaring series by Patrick O'Brian.

    the right trousers 2006


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