Definition of trousers in English:

trousers

(also a pair of trousers)

plural noun

  • An outer garment covering the body from the waist to the ankles, with a separate part for each leg.

    • ‘Many men had suits made to measure with two pairs of trousers as the coats and waistcoats usually outlasted one pair of trousers.’
    • ‘I zoom upstairs to pull on a jumper and pair of trousers.’
    • ‘Wearing only a linen shirt and a pair of trousers, she pulled her cloak from a nearby chair and wrapped it around her shoulders.’
    • ‘If you are going away for a few days then I would advise taking a basic piece of bottom clothing (ie a pair of trousers or a skirt) and lots of different tops.’
    • ‘Her hair was brushed and gleaming, her white jumpsuit had been exchanged for a pair of trousers and a huge coat, both in dark blue.’
    • ‘He muttered darkly about his outraged modesty as he threw on a crumpled white shirt and a black pair of trousers before heading downstairs to the sitting room.’
    • ‘In the fall, a flat loafer, heavy tights, and a nice pair of trousers is a sharp look.’
    • ‘But weeks later, a package arrived direct from the designer containing two pairs of trousers, two shirts, dress shoes, trainers and a belt.’
    • ‘I looked around and grabbed a pair of trousers that actually fit me and a purple shirt, and also some undergarments.’
    • ‘For example, two dissimilar jackets, two pairs of trousers, two distinctive shirts and two neckties can be combined in sixteen different ways.’
    • ‘To measure the length of your inseam, lay a pair of trousers that fit you well flat on the table as aforementioned, and measure them from the top of the inner pant leg seam to the opening at the bottom of the leg.’
    • ‘Dyana nodded again and the lady pulled out a small shirt and a pair of trousers, along with a tunic.’
    • ‘It contains my books of poetry, two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a pair of slippers, toothpaste and a brush.’
    • ‘Why bother wearing a shirt if you aren't going to put a decent pair of trousers on?’
    • ‘I changed out of my road clothes into a clean pair of trousers and a light blouse.’
    • ‘He was a very young man in a plain pair of trousers and an old shirt.’
    • ‘She opened it and pulled out a few pairs of trousers and gowns and stuffed them into a valise under her bed.’
    • ‘Each member of emergency staff will be fitted for the uniform, with a full set of several shirts, pairs of trousers, shoes and socks costing £400.’
    • ‘The ordinary clothing of Afghani men is a rather baggy pair of trousers with a draw-string at the waist, and a loose, long-sleeved shirt reaching about to the knees.’
    • ‘I have 10 pairs of trousers and 20 shirts hanging in my wardrobe.’

Phrases

  • wear the trousers

    • informal Be the dominant partner in a relationship.

      ‘there's no doubt who'll wear the trousers in that house’
      • ‘We're still trying to work out who wears the trousers, even now.’
      • ‘After months of fighting and bickering, Emily and Adam settled for friendship, though it was always clear that Emily was the one wearing the trousers in their relationship.’
      • ‘The Oscar-winning star blasted reports she wears the trousers in her marriage to Chris and insisted they were equals who complement each other..’
      • ‘But my grandmother, who wore the trousers, used to tell him to shut up and stop talking rubbish, so we never got to ask him exactly how they were related.’
      • ‘IT'S astonishing how many men like to pretend we wear the trousers in our relationships when, deep down, we know we don't.’
      • ‘Mother wore the trousers in our family, and I can still see her before me in her elegant dresses or painting her fingernails.’
      • ‘Mia liked to wear the trousers in their relationship.’
      • ‘And we all know who wears the trousers in that household.’
      • ‘I wear the trousers in this relationship and I always will.’
      • ‘Is it just his feeble attempt to ensure that I know he is the boss and the one who wears the trousers?’

Origin

Early 17th century: from archaic trouse (singular) from Irish triús and Scottish Gaelic triubhas (see trews), on the pattern of drawers.

Pronunciation

trousers

/ˈtraʊzəz/