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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. close-fitting tartan trousers, worn especially by certain Scottish regiments.
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Origin of trews

1560–70; < Irish and Scots Gaelic triubhas < Old French trebus breeches
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Examples from the Web for trews

Historical Examples

  • He wore the "trews" of tartan, which in itself showed him a man of consideration.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • Both battalions now wear dark green doublets and tartan "trews."

  • But here lieth the second difficulty—the Prince wears no boots, but simply brogues and trews.'

  • Do you guard our prisoner here, while I, dressed in his trews and bonnet, carry the letter to the Duke.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • But here lieth the second difficulty—The Prince wears no boots, but simply brogues and trews.'


    Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for trews


pl n
  1. mainly British close-fitting trousers, esp of tartan cloth and worn by certain Scottish soldiers
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Word Origin

C16: from Scottish Gaelic triubhas, from Old French trebus; see trousers
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