plural noun
le·​der·​ho·​sen | \ ˈlā-dər-ˌhō-zᵊn How to pronounce lederhosen (audio) \

Definition of lederhosen

: leather shorts often with suspenders worn especially in Bavaria

Examples of lederhosen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grab your lederhosen and head for Fitch Plaza at the War Memorial Center, the stage for three days of German music, food from Kegel's Inn and Hofbrau German beer. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Oktoberfest celebrations include beer, German food and social distancing for safety," 9 Sep. 2020 When Gabalier dropped to the stage floor at the end of the song, streamers in the color of the Austrian flag shot into the audience, and thousands of dirndl and lederhosen wearers cheered. Thomas Rogers, New York Times, "Rocking Out in Lederhosen, With a Hint of Populism," 10 Sep. 2019 Don your lederhosen for King’s Oktoberfest at King’s BierHaus complete with German food and drinks, a Bavarian Strongman Competition, beer pong, carnival games and more. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Mix eating and partying with Houston's best fall food events of 2019," 16 Oct. 2019 Revelers, some wearing traditional German costumes including lederhosen, ran from the scene as police evacuated the complex. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 injured in utility explosions at California Oktoberfest," 6 Oct. 2019 Most men at Denver’s Oktoberfest wore their lederhosen quite loose and baggy. Anna Clauss, The Know, "How authentic is Denver’s Oktoberfest? We sent a German reporter to find out.," 23 Sep. 2019 The celebration includes stein engravings, sausage eating contests, stein hoisting contests, a goldrush cash punch wall, and a lederhosen and dirndle contest. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Oktoberfest beer barrels its way into the area," 16 Sep. 2019 Live music, brat-eating contest, lederhosen fashion show are among activities. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Where to celebrate Oktoberfest near Portland, from Mount Angel to Away Days," 9 Sep. 2019 But that’s partly because their opponents have been pretty under-powered: No amount of glitzy tech conferences featuring entrepreneurs kitted out in lederhosen can disguise that. Washington Post, "When Facebook’s Banker Is Governor Mark Carney," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of lederhosen

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lederhosen

German, from Middle High German lederhose, from leder leather + hose trousers

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“Lederhosen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lederhosen. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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