noun (used with a plural verb)
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.

1585–95; trouse (variant of trews) + (draw)ers

trouserless, adjective Unabridged


of or pertaining to trousers or a trouser: trouser cuffs; a trouser seam.
a leg of a pair of trousers.

1600–10; back formation from trousers Unabridged
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trouser (ˈtraʊzə)
1.  (modifier) of or relating to trousers: trouser buttons
2.  slang (tr) to take (something, esp money), sometimes surreptitiously, undeservedly or unlawfully

trousers (ˈtraʊzəz)
pl n
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.  informal (Brit) wear the trousers US equivalent: wear the pants to have control, esp in a marriage
[C17: from earlier trouse, a variant of trews, influenced by drawers]

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Word Origin & History

1612, earlier trouzes (1581), extended from trouse (1578), 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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an outer garment covering the lower half of the body from the waist to the ankles and divided into sections to cover each leg separately. In attempting to define trousers, historians often explain that if any portion of a garment passed between the legs, it was an ancestor of the trousers. Thus defined, trousers can be traced to ancient times as worn, for example, by the Scythians, Persians, Japanese, and Hindus

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Example sentences for trousers
Bellbottoms is a trousers that become wider from the knees downwards.
This was mainly due to the increased prominence of trousers in fashion.
He has muscles which are threatening burst his shirt and trousers.
They tell each other apart, if at all, by the patterns of their trousers.
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