[ trou-zerz ]
/ ˈtraʊ zərz /

noun (used with a plural verb)

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.

Origin of trousers

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

Definition for trousers (2 of 2)


[ trou-zer ]
/ ˈtraʊ zər /


of or relating to trousers or a trouser: trouser cuffs; a trouser seam.


a leg of a pair of trousers.

Origin of trouser

First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from trousers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trousers

British Dictionary definitions for trousers (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtraʊzəz) /

pl n

a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
wear the trousers British informal to have control, esp in a marriageUS equivalent: wear the pants
Derived Formstrousered, adjectivetrouserless, adjective

Word Origin for trousers

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

British Dictionary definitions for trousers (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtraʊzə) /


(modifier) of or relating to trouserstrouser buttons


(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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