cargo pants

plural noun

Definition of cargo pants

: pants with cargo pockets typically on the sides of the legs at thigh level

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Meghan wears a tank top and cargo pants while Harry sports a green shirt and navy shorts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Previously Unseen Photo From Their Botswana Trip," 4 Apr. 2019 Case in point: Her leopard print, pointed toe, high-heeled booties from Gianvito Rossi and green cargo pants by Monse are both from consignment website The RealReal. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Editors Dress for Work," 22 Mar. 2019 Shopping 18 Slides There are very few fashion terms that evoke as much disgust as cargo pants. Glamour, "It’s True: Cargo Pants Are Actually Coming Back," 14 Mar. 2019 Everything old is new again, and yet the return of cargo pants, tiny sunglasses, and tattoo necklaces can feel like deja vu for those who lived through the trends the first time around. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Revives a Forgotten ’90s Trend," 31 Jan. 2019 Waight Keller isn't an overtly feminine designer, her designs for Givenchy have ranged from blazers tucked into cargo pants to sequin column gowns and Megan Markle's sophisticated, lovely, minimal royal wedding dress. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kate Middleton Bow is Getting Supersized at Couture," 22 Jan. 2019 In the past few years, the model has worn everything from dad sneakers and fanny packs, to pull over fleeces and zip off cargo pants. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore an "Ugly" Fashion Trend and Made It Look So Chic," 28 Nov. 2018 A few years later, in 2002, a group of Kosovar and Serbian party-goers, armed with camcorders and turntables and dressed in halter tops and cargo pants boarded The Road of Peace Train. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 Yontif wore triple-thick glasses and not so much cargo shorts as cargo pants and cargo shirts, the better to hide his pouches of fat. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of cargo pants

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cargo pants was in 1951

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