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[ley-der-hoh-zuh n]
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plural noun
  1. leather shorts, usually with suspenders, worn especially in Bavaria.
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Origin of lederhosen

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Leder leather + Hosen trousers, shorts
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pl n
  1. leather shorts with H-shaped braces, worn by men in Austria, Bavaria, etc
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Word Origin

German: leather trousers
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Word Origin and History for lederhosen


leather shorts worn in Alpine regions, 1937, German, literally "leather trousers" (see leather and hose). Old English had cognate leðerhose. German hosen displaced Old High German bruch, from the basic Germanic word for "trousers" (see breeches).

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