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Syllabification: breech·es
Pronunciation: /ˈbriCHiz
, ˈbrēCHiz

Definition of breeches in English:

plural noun

1Short trousers fastened just below the knee, now chiefly worn for riding a horse or as part of ceremonial dress.
Example sentences
  • He was still a little mad she had worn breeches under her dress.
  • He was dressed in burgundy velvet breeches, waistcoat and frock, with a silk and lace white shirt.
  • She had braided her hair, and dressed in breeches and tunic, her riding gloves tucked into her belt.
1.1 informal Trousers.


Middle English: plural of breech.


too big for one's breeches

see big.

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