pantaloon

noun pan·ta·loon \ ˌpan-tə-ˈlün \
Updated on: 24 Feb 2018

Definition of pantaloon

1 a or pantalone play \ˌpan-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 pantaloons 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

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Origin and Etymology of pantaloon

Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French Pantalon, from Old Italian Pantaleone, Pantalone


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