|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 |
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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