- pantaloons, a man's close-fitting garment for the hips and legs, worn especially in the 19th century, but varying in form from period to period; trousers.
- (usually initial capital letter) Also Pan·ta·lo·ne [pan-tl-oh-ney, pahn-; Italian pahn-tah-law-ne] /ˌpæn tlˈoʊ neɪ, ˌpɑn-; Italian ˌpɑn tɑˈlɔ nɛ/. (in commedia dell'arte) a foolish old Venetian merchant, usually the head of a household, generally lascivious and frequently deceived in the course of lovers' intrigues.
- (in the modern pantomime) a foolish, vicious old man, the butt and accomplice of the clown.
Origin of pantaloon
1580–90; < Middle French Pantalon < Upper Italian (Venetian) Pantalone nickname for a Venetian, variant of Pantaleone, name of a 4th-century saint once a favorite of the Venetians
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As soon as you turn your back they put on the pantalones and make the noises of a man!The Five Arrows
- (in pantomime) an absurd old man, the butt of the clown's tricks
- (usually capital) (in commedia dell'arte) a lecherous old merchant dressed in pantaloons
C16: from French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, local nickname for a Venetian, probably from San Pantaleone, a fourth-century Venetian saint
Word Origin and History for pantalones
skinny, foolish old man in Italian comedy, 1580s; see pantaloons. As a kind of leggings, 1660s.
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