trou·ser | \ˈtrau̇-zər \

Definition of trouser 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: pants sense 1 usually used in plural



Definition of trouser (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : of or relating to a male dramatic role played by a woman

Examples of trouser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Duke traded in his smart navy blue trousers and jacket for a more laid back outfit with dark pants, a lighter blazer, and an unbuttoned white shirt. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Braves Athletic Field in Heels at Ireland's Croke Park," 11 July 2018 Gently and firmly, Kande and others restrained him and belted his trousers. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Nameless migrant erases his history with silence," 25 June 2018 The model belted the $119 long double-breasted jacket from the brand and paired it with matching flared $69.90 trousers. Dave Quinn,, "Emily Ratajkowski Finally Gets a Mega Two-Stone Engagement Ring - 4 Months After Her Wedding," 12 July 2018 Her public costume was surprisingly becoming: frock coat, trousers, stove-pipe hat and stout shoes. Benita Eisler, WSJ, "‘George Sand’ Review: Monstre Sacré," 8 June 2018 Her striped shirt recalled the styles sold at Jermyn Street shirtmakers, while the fluid trousers were an elegant and girlish foil. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Make Their First Solo Outing at the Wimbledon’s Women’s Final—In Two Very Different Looks," 14 July 2018 In brilliant desert sunshine and dressed in a casual jacket, shirt, trousers and sunglasses, William recreated the photo by standing in the same spot where his wife stood as a child. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince William charms tense Middle East on first-ever official visit by British royal to Israel," 25 June 2018 The date, according to a digital time clock hung about the stage, is 20 June 2018, but the setting feels antiquated by the cast's muted, knee-length dresses, or trousers and dress shirts (by Bregje van Balen). Lauren Warnecke,, "Joffrey's North American premiere of 'Midsummer' is a 'Joy.' That’s its only problem.," 26 Apr. 2018 As bystanders tried to pull open the driver’s side door, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away. Anchorage Daily News, "Taxi plows into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injuring eight," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For most of the history of men's fashion, styles— especially trouser styles—have been fairly rigid. Scott Christian, Esquire, "There's No Right or Wrong Way to Wear Your Pants Right Now," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of trouser


1681, in the meaning defined above


circa 1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trouser


alteration of earlier trouse, from Scottish Gaelic triubhas

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