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[pan-tl-oon] /ˌpæn tlˈun/
pantaloons, a man's close-fitting garment for the hips and legs, worn especially in the 19th century, but varying in form from period to period; trousers.
(usually initial capital letter). Also, Pantalone
[pan-tl-oh-ney, pahn-; Italian pahn-tah-law-ne] /ˌpæn tlˈoʊ neɪ, ˌpɑn-; Italian ˌpɑn tɑˈlɔ nɛ/ (Show IPA)
. (in commedia dell'arte) a foolish old Venetian merchant, usually the head of a household, generally lascivious and frequently deceived in the course of lovers' intrigues.
(in the modern pantomime) a foolish, vicious old man, the butt and accomplice of the clown.
Origin of pantaloon
1580-90; < Middle French Pantalon < Upper Italian (Venetian) Pantalone nickname for a Venetian, variant of Pantaleone, name of a 4th-century saint once a favorite of the Venetians Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pantaloon
Historical Examples
  • pantaloon flung a great arm about the young man's shoulders.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • "That is the delusion proper to Pierrot," said pantaloon, contemptuously.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • But it is rarely that I find it necessary to call myself other than pantaloon.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • "That is a very original and profound discovery," said pantaloon, quite seriously.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • A comrade slit down the leg of the pantaloon with a knife, when lo!

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • They made a regular clown and pantaloon o' the pair, I'm told.

  • How often have we wished that the pantaloon were our god-father!

    Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi Joseph Grimaldi
  • He is attended by pantaloon, who carries on the usual by-play with Arlecchino.

  • On a night of carnival how greedily the crowd assumes the pantaloon!

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • A comical creature, surely, this Chinaman, the pantaloon of civilization.

    Idle Ideas in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for pantaloon


noun (theatre)
(in pantomime) an absurd old man, the butt of the clown's tricks
(usually capital) (in commedia dell'arte) a lecherous old merchant dressed in pantaloons
Word Origin
C16: from French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, local nickname for a Venetian, probably from San Pantaleone, a fourth-century Venetian saint
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Word Origin and History for pantaloon



skinny, foolish old man in Italian comedy, 1580s; see pantaloons. As a kind of leggings, 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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