Origin of knee breeches
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for knee breeches
There were men dressed in colonial garb complete with knee-breeches and powdered wigs.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
The canopy is held up by prelates, and the chairmen are in knee-breeches and red velvet.The Eternal City
They deprived him of his cloak, leaving him only his waistcoat and knee-breeches.The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
Saint Ignatius Loyola
And this was the groom in knee-breeches with whom she had to be content!Madame Bovary
Dressed (knee-breeches, etc.) and went into school with Selwyn.
It was suspected that he had looked too big in knee-breeches.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.