Origin of pantaloon
Related Words for pantaloonsjokester, clown, trousers, underpants, shorts, knickers, fool, madcap, trickster, antic, harlequin, wag, actor, joker, wit, comedian, buffoon, comic, humorist
Examples from the Web for pantaloons
Historical Examples of pantaloons
Is there any man who cannot count a dozen pantaloons in his own social circle?The Mudfog and Other Sketches
Then I could have dressed Maria up in pantaloons, and made a grandfather of her.The Two Mittens and the Little Play Mittens
Frances Elizabeth Barrow
He bounced out of bed and pulled on his pantaloons, and was down-stairs in a minute.The Flight of Pony Baker
W. D. Howells
I think I shall have to get some one to reseat my pantaloons.'
There was nothing outré about either the shirt, the pantaloons, the head-dress, or foot-gear.The Quadroon
- historymen's tight-fitting trousers, esp those fastening under the instep worn in the late 18th and early 19th centuries
- children's trousers resembling these
Word Origin for pantaloon
1660s, "kind of tights" (originally a French fashion and execrated as such by late 17c. English writers), associated with Pantaloun (1580s), silly old man character in Italian comedy who wore tight trousers over his skinny legs, from Italian Pantalone, originally San Pantaleone, Christian martyr, a popular saint in Venice (Pantaleone in the comedies represents the Venetian). The name is of Greek origin and means "all-compassionate" (or, according to Klein, "entirely lion"). Applied to tight long trousers (replacing knee-breeches) by 1798; pants is a shortened form first recorded 1840.
skinny, foolish old man in Italian comedy, 1580s; see pantaloons. As a kind of leggings, 1660s.