[ trou-zerz ]
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noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. Sometimes trouser. Also called pants. a usually loose-fitting outer garment for the lower part of the body, having individual leg portions that reach typically to the ankle but sometimes to any of various other points from the upper leg down.: Compare Bermuda shorts, breeches, knickers (def. 1), short (def. 29a), slacks.

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Origin of trousers

1585–95; trouse (variant of trews) + (draw)ers (in the sense “undergarment with legs”)

Other words from trousers

  • trou·ser·less, adjective

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How to use trousers in a sentence

  • A pair of thin trousers and a shirt hanging down outside instead of being tucked in at the waist, and his toilet is made.

  • A little of the spurting blood had got on his dirty fingers, and he wiped his hands on the seat of his trousers.

  • This is then suspended from a button on the trousers so that the bottle rests against the skin of the inguinal region.

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  • He reached far down into a trousers pocket and tugged to the light of day a roll that his fingers could not encircle.

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  • The latter have a short coloured shirt underneath it, and again beneath that, large flowing trousers.

British Dictionary definitions for trousers


/ (ˈtraʊzəz) /

pl n
  1. a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs

  2. wear the trousers British informal to have control, esp in a marriage: US equivalent: wear the pants

Origin of trousers

C17: from earlier trouse, a variant of trews, influenced by drawers

Derived forms of trousers

  • trousered, adjective
  • trouserless, adjective

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