noun pan·ta·loon \ˌpan-tə-ˈlün\

Definition of pantaloon

  1. 1a or pantaloneplay \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 stockingsb :  a buffoon in pantomimes

  2. 2 pantaloons plural a :  wide breeches worn especially in England during the reign of Charles IIb :  close-fitting trousers usually having straps passing under the instep and worn especially in the 19th century

  3. 3 :  loose-fitting usually shorter than ankle-length trousers

Origin and Etymology of pantaloon

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

First Known Use: circa 1590

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