trousers

[ 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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for trousers

trousers
/ (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 forms of trousers

trousered, adjectivetrouserless, adjective

Word Origin for trousers

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