- women's casual trousers with a tapered leg that end above the ankle and a vertical slit at the outside bottom edge.
Origin of Capri pants
First recorded in 1955–60; after Capri
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- women's tight-fitting trousers
Word Origin and History for capri pants
1956 (said to have been designed c.1948), from Capri, Italian island; so called perhaps because they were first popular in Capri, which was emerging as a European holiday destination about this time (cf. Bermuda shorts).
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