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Syllabification: trews
Pronunciation: /tro͞oz

Definition of trews in English:

plural noun

chiefly British
Example sentences
  • See, he wears a leather trews and a trenchcoat and glowers meaningfully!
  • She also sells pointed boots, tight black trews, crinolines, and hooped corsets (which use steel rather than whalebone) along with jewellery and accessories hinting at pagan and alternative sub-cultures
  • His usual high leather boots and baggy pleated trews had got soaked and muddy yesterday, he explained, and now they were drying off by the stove at home.
1.1Close-fitting tartan trousers worn by certain Scottish regiments.
Example sentences
  • Tartan trews were introduced for the Scottish Lowland regiments.
  • The three Lowland infantry regiments, whose members have traditionally worn tartan trews for centuries, will be forced to wear kilts when the government's planned new Scottish ‘super-regiment’ is formed next year.
  • I intend that the Hunting Stewart tartan trews worn by the Royal Scots will become standard mess dress for all the ship's officers.


mid 16th century: from Irish triús, Scottish Gaelic triubhas (singular); compare with trousers.

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