petticoat breeches


plural noun

men's breeches, often ornate, having loose, skirtlike legs, worn in France and England from about 1650 to 1680.

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Also called Rhinegrave breeches.

Origin of petticoat breeches

First recorded in 1650–60
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Example sentences from the Web for petticoat breeches

  • It resembled a man dressed in what, in former ages, were known as petticoat-breeches.

    The Last Entry|William Clark Russell