|1.||informal women's or girls' baggy knickers|
|2.||(formerly) loose trousers gathered at the knee worn by women for cycling and athletics|
|3.||history Also called: rational dress long loose trousers gathered at the ankle and worn under a shorter skirt|
|[from bloomer, a garment introduced in about 1850 and publicized by Mrs A. Bloomer (1818--94), US social reformer]|
lower part of a "rational dress" for women advocated by Amelia Jenks Bloomer (q.v.) in 1850. The entire costume consisted of a short jacket, a skirt extending below the knee, and the bloomers, or loose "Turkish" trousers, gathered at the ankles.
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