Definition of galluses in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləsɪz/

plural noun

chiefly Scottish & North American
Braces for a person’s trousers: he wore cream-coloured slacks held up by red galluses
More 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.

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