Share this entry

galluses Syllabification: gal·lus·es
Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləsəz/

Definition of galluses in English:

plural noun

chiefly Scottish & North American
Suspenders for trousers.
Example sentences
  • The Scots word for braces, straps supporting trousers from the shoulders, is sometimes spelt ‘galluses’ and is a corruption of the term ‘gallows’, the apparatus for capital punishment by hanging.
  • Their hats should be creased fore and aft like a fedora, and I don't like exposed galluses.
  • It helped to hide the suspenders, or galluses, which held up the trousers.


Mid 19th century: plural of gallus, variant of gallows.

Words that rhyme with galluses

falsies • fracases

Definition of galluses in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources