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trunk hose

noun, (used with a plural verb)
full, baglike breeches covering the body from the waist to the middle of the thigh or lower, sometimes having the stockings attached in one piece, worn by men in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of trunk hose
First recorded in 1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for trunk hose
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  • A sum equal in purchasing power to several thousand dollars in our time is said to have been spent on one pair of trunk hose.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • The more shapely men displayed their symmetry in trunk hose, and here were puffs and slashes, and there a cloak and there a robe.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • His trunk hose of brown silk "remind him by their somber hue he must die."

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • In this reign the chausses were made like trunk hose, and fitted tightly to the limbs.

  • trunk hose were appropriately named, as they were often filled with wool, bran, and other materials.

    The Evolution of Fashion Florence Mary Gardiner
  • The hat was a broad-brimmed beaver with a plume of feathers, and trunk hose gave way to breeches.

    The Evolution of Fashion Florence Mary Gardiner
  • The doublet had a long waist, and both it and the trunk hose were heavily slashed.

  • trunk hose were stuffed with wool, rags or bran, and were made very large.

  • He was disguised as a forester with leathern jerkin and trunk hose, his long hair cropped, and his hands blackened.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • His trunk hose, meaning those which reach from his waist to his knees, are of the finest wool.

    Ruth of Boston James Otis
British Dictionary definitions for trunk hose

trunk hose

a man's puffed-out breeches reaching to the thighs and worn with tights in the 16th century
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps from the obsolete trunk to truncate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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