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trousers

[trou-zerz] /ˈtraʊ zərz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
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.
2.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; trouse (variant of trews) + (draw)ers
Related forms
trouserless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trouserless

trousers

/ˈtraʊzəz/
plural noun
1.
a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
2.
(Brit, informal) wear the trousers, to have control, esp in a marriage US equivalent wear the pants
Derived Forms
trousered, adjective
trouserless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from earlier trouse, a variant of trews, influenced by drawers
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Word Origin and History for trouserless

trousers

n.

1610s, earlier trouzes (1580s), extended from trouse (1570s), with plural ending typical of things in pairs, from Gaelic or Middle Irish triubhas "close-fitting shorts," of uncertain origin. The unexplained intrusive second -r- is perhaps by influence of drawers.

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