noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of breeches
verb (used with object)
Origin of breech
Related Words for breechestrousers, underpants, shorts, knickers, backside, tail, rear, seat, posterior, tube, sock, tights, tubing, hosiery, drape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak
Examples from the Web for breeches
Historical Examples of breeches
I'll get a pair of ridin' breeches an' boots for you by tomorrow.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Pierre, utterly bewildered, could find neither his breeches nor his cassock.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The man hath a straight sword within he leg of his breeches.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then came the ominous clicking of the breeches as cartridges were thrust home.The Law-Breakers
It is an excrescence, not an essential garment like the shirt and breeches.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
verb (briːtʃ, brɪtʃ) (tr)
Word Origin for breech
c.1200, a double plural, from Old English brec "breeches," which already was plural of broc "garment for the legs and trunk," from Proto-Germanic *brokiz (cf. Old Norse brok, Dutch broek, Danish brog, Old High German bruoh, German Bruch, obsolete since 18c. except in Swiss dialect), perhaps from PIE root *bhreg- (see break (v.)). The Proto-Germanic word is a parallel form to Celtic *bracca, source (via Gaulish) of Latin braca (cf. French braies), and some propose that the Germanic word group is borrowed from Gallo-Latin, others that the Celtic was from Germanic.
Expanded sense of "part of the body covered by breeches, posterior" led to senses in childbirthing (1670s) and gunnery ("the part of a firearm behind the bore," 1570s). As the popular word for "trousers" in English, displaced in U.S. c.1840 by pants. The Breeches Bible (Geneva Bible of 1560) so called on account of rendition of Gen. iii:7 (already in Wyclif) "They sewed figge leaues together, and made themselues breeches."
"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).