pantaloon

[pan-tl-oon]
noun
1.
pantaloons, a man's close-fitting garment for the hips and legs, worn especially in the 19th century, but varying in form from period to period; trousers.
2.
(usually initial capital letter) . Also, Pantalone [pan-tl-oh-ney, pahn-; Italian pahn-tah-law-ne] . (in commedia dell'arte) a foolish old Venetian merchant, usually the head of a household, generally lascivious and frequently deceived in the course of lovers' intrigues.
3.
(in the modern pantomime) a foolish, vicious old man, the butt and accomplice of the clown.

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French Pantalon < Upper Italian (Venetian) Pantalone nickname for a Venetian, variant of Pantaleone, name of a 4th-century saint once a favorite of the Venetians

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pantaloon (ˌpæntəˈluːn)
 
n
1.  (in pantomime) an absurd old man, the butt of the clown's tricks
2.  (usually capital) (in commedia dell'arte) a lecherous old merchant dressed in pantaloons
 
[C16: from French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, local nickname for a Venetian, probably from San Pantaleone, a fourth-century Venetian saint]

pantaloons (ˌpæntəˈluːnz)
 
pl n
1.  a.  history men's tight-fitting trousers, esp those fastening under the instep worn in the late 18th and early 19th centuries
 b.  children's trousers resembling these
2.  informal, facetious or any trousers, esp baggy ones

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pantaloons
1661, "kind of tights" (originally a Fr. fashion and execrated as such by late 17c. Eng. writers), associated with Pantaloun (1590), silly old man character in It. comedy who wore tight trousers over his skinny legs, from It. Pantalone, originally San Pantaleone, Christian martyr, a popular saint in
Venice (Pantaleone in the comedies represents the Venetian). The name is of Gk. origin and means "all-compassionate." Applied to tight long trousers (replacing knee-breeches) by 1798; pants is a shortened form first recorded 1840.
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Example sentences
It's not every day that a museum explores the distinction between bloomers and
  pantaloons.
There is for a moment a sound of legs rushing into pantaloons and arms plunging
  into jackets.
Long knit pantaloons, and a pair of lacing-boots, seemed the true garb of a
  pedestrian.
They wore colorful tunics, some of which were decorated with flower patterns,
  and billowy pantaloons.
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