pantaloon

[ pan-tl-oon ]
/ ˌpæn tlˈun /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for pantaloons (1 of 2)

pantaloons

/ (ˌpæntəˈluːnz) /

pl n

  1. history men's tight-fitting trousers, esp those fastening under the instep worn in the late 18th and early 19th centuries
  2. children's trousers resembling these
informal, or facetious any trousers, esp baggy ones

British Dictionary definitions for pantaloons (2 of 2)

pantaloon

/ (ˌpæntəˈluːn) /

noun theatre

(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

C16: from French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, local nickname for a Venetian, probably from San Pantaleone, a fourth-century Venetian saint
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