Definition of knickerbocker in English:

knickerbocker

noun

  • 1

    • ‘Turton FC was founded in 1871 and in 1873 issued a book of rules showing that the Harrow form of football was played and that the club colours were blue knickerbockers, white stockings and white jerseys.’
    • ‘He was dressed in a fancy pale blue over jacket with matching knickerbockers, and white hose.’
    • ‘About 30 followers, many in red waistcoats and green knickerbockers, gathered yesterday to mark the last official hare hunt.’
    • ‘Pupils came to school in historic costume, including Eton collars for the boys and three-quarter length knickerbockers and pinafores for the girls.’
    • ‘Even when I was six years old, I was a page boy at a wedding, and the outfit I wanted to wear was knickerbockers, knee-length socks, frilly shirt, and ballet shoes.’
  • 2A New Yorker.

    • ‘Unlike the old Knickerbocker establishment, where birth and breeding gave social standing, in this democratic meritocracy it is the prestige of your job that tells us where you are in the social order.’
    • ‘They were among the oldest of the Knickerbockers on this island.’
    1. 2.1A descendant of the original Dutch settlers in New York.

Origin

Mid 19th century ( knickerbocker): named after Diedrich Knickerbocker, pretended author of W. Irving's History of New York (1809). knickerbocker is said to have arisen from the resemblance of knickerbockers to the breeches worn by Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations in Irving's book.

Pronunciation:

knickerbocker

/ˈnikərˌbäkər/