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trousers, pair of trousers, pantnoun
(usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
"he had a sharp crease in his trousers"
An article of clothing that covers the part of the body between the waist and the ankles, and is divided into a separate part for each leg.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Breeches; hose. See Trossers.
Etymology: trousse, Fr. truish, Erse.
The leather quilted jack serves under his shirt of mail, and to cover his trouse on horseback. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.
The unsightliness and pain in the leg may be helped by wearing a laced stocking; a laced trouse will do as much for the thigh. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.
Trousers (British English), slacks, or pants (American English) are an item of clothing worn from the waist to anywhere between the knees and the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses). In the United Kingdom, the word pants generally means underwear and not trousers. Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called "long trousers" in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called "short trousers" in the UK. The oldest known trousers, dating to the period between the thirteenth and the tenth centuries BC, were found at the Yanghai cemetery in Turpan, Sinkiang (Tocharia), in present-day western China. Made of wool, the trousers had straight legs and wide crotches and were likely made for horseback riding. In most of Europe, trousers have been worn since ancient times and throughout the Medieval period, becoming the most common form of lower-body clothing for adult males in the modern world. Breeches were worn instead of trousers in early modern Europe by some men in higher classes of society. Distinctive formal trousers are traditionally worn with formal and semi-formal day attire. Since the mid-twentieth century, trousers have increasingly been worn by women as well. Jeans, made of denim, are a form of trousers for casual wear widely worn all over the world by both sexes. Shorts are often preferred in hot weather or for some sports and also often by children and adolescents. Trousers are worn on the hips or waist and are often held up by buttons, elastic, a belt or suspenders (braces). Unless elastic, and especially for men, trousers usually provide a zippered or buttoned fly. Jeans usually feature side and rear pockets with pocket openings placed slightly below the waist band. It is also possible for trousers to provide cargo pockets further down the legs. Maintenance of fit is more challenging for trousers than for some other garments. Leg-length can be adjusted with a hem, which helps to retain fit during the adolescent and early adulthood growth years. Tailoring adjustment of girth to accommodate weight gain or weight loss is relatively limited, and otherwise serviceable trousers may need to be replaced after a significant change in body composition. Higher quality trousers often have extra fabric included in the centre-back seam allowance, so the waist can be let out further.
a garment worn by men and boys, extending from the waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering each leg separately
Trousers are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately. They are also called pants in some countries, notably the United States. Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called "long trousers" in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called "short trousers", especially in the UK. In most of the Western world, trousers have been worn since ancient times and throughout the Medieval period, becoming the most common form of lower-body clothing for males in the modern world, although shorts are also widely worn, and kilts and other garments may be worn in various regions and cultures. Since the mid-20th century, trousers have increasingly been worn by females as well. Jeans, made of denim, are a form of trousers for casual wear, now widely worn all over the world by both sexes. Shorts are often preferred in hot weather or for some sports, and also often by children and teenagers. Trousers are worn at the hips or waist, and may be held up by their own fastenings, a belt, or suspenders. Leggings are form-fitting trousers of a clingy material, often knitted cotton and spandex.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
trow′zėrz, n.pl. long breeches: a garment worn by males on the lower limbs and trussed or fastened up at the waist by braces or belt.—adj. Trou′sered, wearing trousers.—n. Trou′sering, material for making trousers. [O. Fr. trousses, breeches worn by pages.]
An item of clothing.
Trousers are created and designed in various styles, full length, three quarter length, knee length and ballero, bootcut, hipster styles etc.
Submitted by MaryC on October 6, 2015
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Rank popularity for the word 'trousers' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4471
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Rank popularity for the word 'trousers' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2005
Rank popularity for the word 'trousers' in Nouns Frequency: #1531
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The numerical value of trousers in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of trousers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of trousers in a Sentence
They would write Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad (Boko Haram's full name) on their trouser legs in marker or the back of their shirts, you had to turn up your trousers with the marker on to show that you are a member.
Stanford University historian Adrienne Mayor:
Excavations of Eurasian graves have uncovered battle-scarred female skeletons dressed in tunics and trousers, and buried with quivers full of arrows, battle-axes, spears, and horse gear, so we know that genuine warrior women really existed at the time and places reported by the ancient Greeks and other cultures.
They come into the courtroom in a suit and leave with no trousers.
I'm chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television. I can't wait to break bread with Noel, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and meet the brilliant bakers, and bearing in mind my love of cake, I've already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation.
In my show there are short skirts, long skirts, ample and tight trousers. I have given maximum freedom to women who can use all possibilities if they are sensible, i'm sick of hearing the word 'trend'. We need to try to work for today's woman. There shouldn't be trends.
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