One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1pantaloonsWomen's baggy trousers gathered at the ankles.
- ‘In the 1890s, women some women found they could cast off their impractical and uncomfortable clothing in favour of pantaloons.’
- ‘I bought a riding crop from a saddlemaker on the outskirts of town and dressed in pantaloons with a tightly drawn corset and laced up boots.’
- ‘The women wear conservative peasant dress consisting of baggy pantaloons and head scarves.’
- ‘I had to abandon many of my clothes and, with some help from a friend who knew dress - making, I made some pantaloons, similar to Pakistani dress.’
- ‘The Cypriot female costume was an outer garment, the chemise, and the distinctive long pantaloons caught around the ankle.’
- 1.1historical Men's close-fitting breeches fastened below the calf or at the foot.
- ‘Rather than take a prissy Knights Of The Round Table approach with Camelot, 16th century pantaloons and wigs, King Arthur is based on what the movie claims is newly discovered evidence of the man upon whom the myth is based.’
- ‘On his way out, he met Baldwin dressed soberly in a black frock coat and pantaloons.’
- ‘Although returning aristocrats tended to favor powdered hair and tight-fitting knee breeches in the old style, most middle-class men wore trousers or pantaloons and kept their hair in a natural style, whether tousled or à la Titus.’
- ‘The nipped waistlines of men's tight pantaloons and the gauzy fabrics of women's empire dresses flattered youthful figures, and in fact, copied the kinds of clothing worn by young children.’
- ‘Philip really approved of the current fashion for tightly cut pantaloons.’
- 1.2informal Trousers.
- ‘On the other hand, I just don't know why people are getting their pantaloons in a twist over any gambling or racing issues, or indeed any matter - other than the end of the world as we know it.’
- ‘Meanwhile, droves of identical workers toil in vast underground turbine halls, keeping the elite in their poncy satin pantaloons.’
- ‘So he pulled up his pantaloons and got himself a master's in business administration.’
2PantaloonA Venetian character in Italian commedia dell'arte represented as a foolish old man wearing pantaloons.jester, court jester, clown, buffoon, comic, joker, jokester, zany, merry andrewView synonyms
Late 16th century (in pantaloon (sense 2)): from French pantalon, from the Italian name Pantalone ‘Pantaloon’.
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