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breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers, knickers(noun)
trousers ending above the knee
Men's or boys' baggy knee trousers, of a type particularly popular in the early 20th century.
the name for a style of short breeches; smallclothes
Knickerbockers are a form of men's or boys' baggy-kneed trousers particularly popular in the early twentieth century USA. Golfers' plus twos and plus fours were breeches of this type. Before World War II, skiers often wore knickerbockers too, usually ankle-length. Until after World War I, in many anglophone countries, boys customarily wore short pants in summer and knickerbockers or "knickers" in winter. At the onset of puberty, they graduated to long trousers. In that era, the transition to "long pants" was a major rite of passage. See, for example, the classic song Blues in the Night by Johnny Mercer: "My mammy done told me, when I was in knee-pants, my mammy done told me, son...". Baseball players wear a stylized form of knickerbockers, although the pants have become less baggy in recent decades and some modern ballplayers opt to pull the trousers close to the ankles. The white trousers worn by American football officials are knickerbockers, and while they have become less baggy, they are still worn ending shortly below the knee. In recent years, the NFL has equipped its officials with long trousers rather than knickers in cold weather.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nik-ėr-bok′ėrz, n.pl. loose breeches gathered in at the knee.—Also Knick′ers. [From the wide-breeched Dutchmen in 'Knickerbocker's' (Washington Irving's) humorous History of New York, whence Knickerbocker has come to mean the descendant of one of the original Dutch settlers of New York.]
The numerical value of knickerbockers in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of knickerbockers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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