pantaloon


pan·ta·loon

noun \ˌpan-tə-ˈlün\

Definition of PANTALOON

1
a or pan·ta·lo·ne \-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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