- 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
Related Words for pantaloonjokester, clown, trousers, underpants, shorts, knickers, fool, madcap, trickster, antic, harlequin, wag, actor, joker, wit, comedian, buffoon, comic, humorist
Examples from the Web for pantaloon
Historical Examples of pantaloon
Pantaloon flung a great arm about the young man's shoulders.
"That is the delusion proper to Pierrot," said Pantaloon, contemptuously.
But it is rarely that I find it necessary to call myself other than Pantaloon.
"That is a very original and profound discovery," said Pantaloon, quite seriously.
A comrade slit down the leg of the pantaloon with a knife, when lo!The Citizen-Soldier
- (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
Word Origin for pantaloon
Word Origin and History for pantaloon
skinny, foolish old man in Italian comedy, 1580s; see pantaloons. As a kind of leggings, 1660s.