Definition of galluses in English:
plural nounchiefly Scottish & North American
Suspenders for trousers.
- 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.
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