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trou·​ser ˈtrau̇-zər How to pronounce trouser (audio)
: pants sense 1
usually used in plural


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: of, relating to, or designed for trousers
trouser pockets
: of or relating to a male dramatic role played by a woman

Example Sentences

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This crop flare legging has the same sheen as a leather trouser, with a hint more stretch. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Oct. 2022 And what better way to update your staple trouser than with this exaggerated waistline? Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2022 The chic outfit included a classic blazer jacket and straight-leg trouser pants from label NYDJ. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 Rihanna was even on the rising trend in her recent LA candids, wearing an oversized light gray jersey and baggy dark denim jeans, accessorized with silver chokers and a trouser chain. Essence Fashion Editors, Essence, 18 Oct. 2022 The waist was cinched with a white Fendi belt, and the tips of white platform shoes were just visible under her trouser cuffs. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 18 Sep. 2022 Other McCardell innovations included blue-jean stitching, trouser pleats, separates and zippers on the sides of skirts. John Kelly, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 Dresses were slinky in solid colors or flowing chiffon in degradé prints; a red trouser and skin-tight top combo popped with crystals. Colleen Barry, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2022 Cargo pants have been trending for a minute now, and there is no sign of the utility trouser slowing down for fall. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 12 Aug. 2022
First, for the Longchamp presentation earlier this week, Benson worked with hairstylist Joseph Maine to match her camel suede crop top and belted trouser look to a caramel-into-honey-blonde ombré lob. Megan Decker,, 13 Feb. 2020 The quick below-the-knee inspection to ensure that sneakers are tied, trouser cuffs break just right so those snazzy socks are visible . . . every Miami player seemed to have a checklist. Alex Prewitt,, 22 July 2019 Also known as bermuda shorts, biking shorts, or trouser shorts, these shorts are shorter than capris and longer than well, shorts, but still have enough fabric to be HR friendly and incredibly chic. Teen Vogue, 31 May 2019 For most of the history of men's fashion, styles— especially trouser styles—have been fairly rigid. Scott Christian, Esquire, 1 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History



alteration of earlier trouse, from Scottish Gaelic triubhas

First Known Use


1681, in the meaning defined above


circa 1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trouser was in 1681

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“Trouser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: of, relating to, or designed for trousers
trouser pockets

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