Definition of trews in English:


plural noun

  • 1Trousers.

    • ‘See, he wears a leather trews and a trenchcoat and glowers meaningfully!’
    • ‘Bearing this in mind, special mention must be made of one visibly refreshed gentleman who was wearing a sort of tartan mannequin jacket and matching bondage trews.’
    • ‘‘We have just acquired our own tartan,’ said the professor, showing off his new trews.’
    • ‘And while these elderly gents may look faintly ridiculous when they troop out in their finery of tartan trews, Lincoln green tunics and feathered bonnets they are all serious people.’
    • ‘She also sells pointed boots, tight black trews, crinolines, and hooped corsets (which use steel rather than whalebone) along with jewellery and accessories hinting at pagan and alternative sub-cultures’
    • ‘But the Masonic tartan trews and kilts could be a bit of a giveaway.’
    • ‘The trews I wear at official functions I have paid for myself and I don't think ministers should expect the taxpayer to pay for theirs.’
    • ‘I asked him if he could make me a pair of tartan trews for evening wear and we instantly agreed on a pattern and he ushered me into his fitting room.’
    • ‘Wearing trousers or trews was not contemplated hence the improvisation later.’
    • ‘I would even be somewhat placated if William would just try out some tartan trews such as those his uncle Edward has occasionally sported on formal occasions.’
    • ‘His usual high leather boots and baggy pleated trews had got soaked and muddy yesterday, he explained, and now they were drying off by the stove at home.’
    1. 1.1 Close-fitting tartan trousers worn by certain Scottish regiments.
      • ‘I intend that the Hunting Stewart tartan trews worn by the Royal Scots will become standard mess dress for all the ship's officers.’
      • ‘Senga had asked if she could come as part of the entourage because she was interested in the history of the place, but I caught her chatting up a Royal Scots subaltern in impossibly tight trews.’
      • ‘The three Lowland infantry regiments, whose members have traditionally worn tartan trews for centuries, will be forced to wear kilts when the government's planned new Scottish ‘super-regiment’ is formed next year.’
      • ‘Tartan trews were introduced for the Scottish Lowland regiments.’


Mid 16th century: from Irish triús, Scottish Gaelic triubhas (singular); compare with trousers.