harem pants


: women's loose trousers that fit closely at the ankle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Think cut-out harem pants, one-shoulder bralettes, and silk boxers. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, 8 Mar. 2021 For her performance in L.A., the star wore white harem pants, a sparkly bra top and sneakers. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 Beauty was explored through face, body, and the choice of outerwear, which in the 19th century included baggy harem pants and tunics for both men and women. ELLE, 5 Jan. 2023 There’s also harem pants hand-woven in Africa, Budan maxi dresses, and denim workwear shirts. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2022 Sandoval walks the runway in a sheer black shirt with X’s over his nipples, a pair of bright orange harem pants, high-heeled shoes, and an umbrella that is somehow fashioned into a hat. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2021 So think maxidresses and harem pants and breathable cotton fabrics. Amber Katz, Glamour, 11 May 2021 In the walk-in closet of your soul, are your politics just a fad, like harem pants? Millie Von Platen, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2020 Take a minute to look at what Aliume is wearing today: a sleeveless black cotton T-shirt, men’s harem pants, an amulet around his neck, a wrist mala, and a pair of high tops that he’s painted to look like one of his paintings. Duff Mcdonald, WIRED, 20 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


from their resemblance to traditional women's attire in some Muslim countries

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harem pants was in 1888

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“Harem pants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harem%20pants. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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