Definition of pantaloon
1 a or pantalone play \-tə-ˈlō-nē\ capitalized : a character in the commedia dell'arte that is usually a skinny old dotard who wears spectacles, slippers, and a tight-fitting combination of trousers and stockings b : a buffoon in pantomimes
2 plural a : wide breeches worn especially in England during the reign of Charles II b : close-fitting trousers usually having straps passing under the instep and worn especially in the 19th century
3 : loose-fitting usually shorter than ankle-length trousers
Origin of pantaloon
Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French Pantalon, from Old Italian Pantaleone, Pantalone
First Known Use: circa 1590
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