plural noun
sweat·​pants | \ ˈswet-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce sweatpants (audio) \

Definition of sweatpants

: 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 The terrified young woman, a two-year-veteran with McDonald’s, described the suspect as a tall slender man in his 20s, wearing a black jacket and sweatpants, and driving a white car. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "No mask, no service: McDonald’s customer attacks drive-through worker over safety rule," 2 July 2020 Puma sweatpants and this children’s Cubcoats sweatshirt. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "Amazon’s Big Style Sale Has Amazing Deals on Clothes and Shoes — Here Are Our Top Picks," 22 June 2020 Consumers turned, at first, to pure comfort; by mid-May, searches for sweatpants and cashmere track pants soared more than 85 percent on websites like Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business," 22 June 2020 As many have traded in their jeans for sweatpants, denim has found a new home this season in dresses. NBC News, "Best summer dresses to shop in 2020, according to experts," 22 June 2020 Pharoah: Description was a black man in gray sweatpants and a gray shirt. CBS News, "Jay Pharoah says "sorry" from LAPD cops who forcibly detained him with guns drawn is "not enough"," 17 June 2020 That makes for a pretty good stay-at-home, curl-up-in-sweatpants date night. CNN, "Start your Monday smart: George Floyd, elections, PGA, Phish, NASCAR," 7 June 2020 After our long spring of sweatpants, fashion had returned: one demonstrator wore pink digi-camouflage pants and a rhinestone headband; another, a tie-dyed sweatshirt with an X-ed out happy face. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Protesting Past Curfew in New York City," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of sweatpants

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweatpants was in 1925

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6 Jul 2020

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“Sweatpants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatpants. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweatpants

chiefly US : pants made from a thick, soft material that are worn mostly when you are exercising

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