pan·​ta·​loon | \ ˌpan-tə-ˈlün How to pronounce pantaloon (audio) \

Definition of pantaloon

1a or pantalone \ ˌpan-​tə-​ˈlō-​nē How to pronounce pantalone (audio) \ 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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Anatoly enrolled his boxing prodigy in dance classes and not just any dance classes but traditional Ukrainian dance classes, called Hopak, where performers wear the brightest of boots and colorful satin pantaloons, like from the movie Aladdin. Greg Bishop,, "Vasiliy Lomachenko's Rise to Boxing's Upper Echelon Began in Dance Classes Growing Up in Ukraine," 9 May 2018 Squirrel corn and the slightly pointier Dutchman's breeches both look like white pantaloons flapping on a line. Grant Segall,, "Where to see spring wildflowers in Greater Cleveland, while they last (photos)," 11 May 2018 Animal parts were called different things, as were articles of clothing such as pantaloons—known now of course as trousers or pants. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Frederick Douglas’ 200th Birthday Invites Remembrance and Reflection," 8 Feb. 2018 The democrats are 'shattin' in their pantaloons' right now…and rightfully so! John Hendrickson, Esquire, "Kid Rock Makes Sense," 27 July 2017 Streep had on a white shirt over black-and-white striped pantaloons. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "Stephen Sondheim and Meryl Streep Side by Side at the PEN Gala," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of pantaloon

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pantaloon

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

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