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petticoat breeches

plural noun
men's breeches, often ornate, having loose, skirtlike legs, worn in France and England from about 1650 to 1680.
Also called Rhinegrave breeches.
Origin of petticoat breeches
1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The petticoat breeches were exchanged for those tied beneath the knee.

  • A garment called the petticoat breeches was introduced into England in 1658.

  • The figure of the exquisite of 1670 from Jacquemin wears the petticoat breeches, but without the ruffles or frills at the knees.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead

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