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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.
  2. pantalets.
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Origin of trousers

1585–95; trouse (variant of trews) + (draw)ers
Related formstrou·ser·less, adjective


  1. of or relating to trousers or a trouser: trouser cuffs; a trouser seam.
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  1. a leg of a pair of trousers.
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Origin of trouser

First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from trousers
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  • The trousers which had lain on the floor beside Hank's bed were no longer there.

  • Must have been a coyote in here that sneaked off with your trousers, unless you have 'em on.

  • He won eighty dollars, and thrust it loose in his trousers pocket.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • There was a smeary wetness on his fingers, which he wiped away on the side of his trousers.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Called "trousers" by the enlightened and "pants" by the unworthy.

British Dictionary definitions for trousers


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 marriageUS equivalent: wear the pants
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Derived Formstrousered, adjectivetrouserless, adjective

Word Origin

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


  1. (modifier) of or relating to trouserstrouser buttons
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  1. (tr) slang to take (something, esp money), sometimes surreptitiously, undeservedly or unlawfully
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Word Origin and History for trousers


1610s, earlier trouzes (1580s), extended from trouse (1570s), with plural ending typical of things in pairs, from Gaelic or Middle Irish triubhas "close-fitting shorts," of uncertain origin. The unexplained intrusive second -r- is perhaps by influence of drawers.

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