plural noun

sweat·​pants ˈswet-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce sweatpants (audio)
: pants having a drawstring or elastic waist and usually elastic cuffs at the ankle that are worn especially for exercise

Examples of sweatpants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This matching sweatshirt and sweatpants set is perfectly warm and cozy in teddy fleece. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2023 Pangaia’s brand of innovative, Earth-friendly hoodies and sweatpants, which had its social media swell during lockdown, however, continues on its upward trajectory. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 20 Jan. 2023 Bieber sells his own merch on his website — much of which is in a similar colorway to what H&M was selling — and includes t-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants that pay tribute to his music. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2022 The boys are dressed in blue hoodies and black sweatpants. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2022 Investigations into the robbery revealed that a man wearing a mask, black-hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants entered the store and displayed a handgun. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 29 Sep. 2022 Investigators believe the suspects, described as two men ages 25 to 30, wearing black hoodies and gray sweatpants, armed with handguns, were not from the Rowland Heights area. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 James Perse collection includes a variety of styles, for both men and women, that range from T-shirts similar to the team's jersey to comfortable hoodies and sweatpants made from French terry, as well as other essential accessories. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 1 June 2022 These cashmere sweatpants are perfect to throw on for a lazy Sunday or a brunch with the girls. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweatpants was in 1925

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“Sweatpants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatpants. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


noun plural
sweat·​pants ˈswet-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce sweatpants (audio)
: pants of soft absorbent material worn especially for exercise

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