Definition of pantaloon in English:

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pantaloon

Pronunciation: /ˌpan(t)lˈo͞on/

noun

1 (pantaloons) Women’s baggy trousers gathered at the ankles.
Example sentences
  • The women wear conservative peasant dress consisting of baggy pantaloons and head scarves.
  • The Cypriot female costume was an outer garment, the chemise, and the distinctive long pantaloons caught around the ankle.
  • I bought a riding crop from a saddlemaker on the outskirts of town and dressed in pantaloons with a tightly drawn corset and laced up boots.
1.1 historical Men’s close-fitting breeches fastened below the calf or at the foot.
Example sentences
  • On his way out, he met Baldwin dressed soberly in a black frock coat and pantaloons.
  • Although returning aristocrats tended to favor powdered hair and tight-fitting knee breeches in the old style, most middle-class men wore trousers or pantaloons and kept their hair in a natural style, whether tousled or à la Titus.
  • Philip really approved of the current fashion for tightly cut pantaloons.
1.2 informal Pants.
Example sentences
  • So he pulled up his pantaloons and got himself a master's in business administration.
  • Meanwhile, droves of identical workers toil in vast underground turbine halls, keeping the elite in their poncy satin pantaloons.
  • On the other hand, I just don't know why people are getting their pantaloons in a twist over any gambling or racing issues, or indeed any matter - other than the end of the world as we know it.
2 (Pantaloon) A Venetian character in Italian commedia dell’arte represented as a foolish old man wearing pantaloons.

Origin

Late 16th century (sense 2): from French pantalon, from the Italian name Pantalone 'Pantaloon' (sense 2).

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Syllabification: pan·ta·loon

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