trou·​ser | \ ˈtrau̇-zər How to pronounce trouser (audio) \

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

For the cover, Dove is wearing white, wide-legged trousers. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Is the Cover Star for the Summer Issue of ASOS Magazine," 13 May 2019 In the university's gym, Markle (wearing a navy Oscar de la Renta blouse, black Altuzarra trousers, and a pair of high-heeled boots) played a round of net ball with some of the honorees and miraculously avoided tripping in those chic heels. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the People's Royals, Just Commuted to Work on a Train," 26 Sep. 2018 Here’s a tipsheet from New York Fashion Week: SUPERSIZED Loose trousers and creative denim on display at the Matthew Adams Dolan show during New York Fashion Week. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Back to the ’80s? No, It’s Spring Fashion," 15 Sep. 2018 His utility jacket, paired with a cozy cardigan, tanned trousers, and sturdy combat boots, was an unexpected lewk. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "First Daniel Day-Lewis, Now Brooklyn Beckham Is Rocking This Classic American Workwear Label," 25 Jan. 2019 For a look that's simultaneously relaxed and serious, try wearing high-rise, wide-leg linen trousers with flat sandals in a neutral hue. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Chic Looks You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 For the party girl, a mini-suit worn by Grace Elizabeth; for the power broker, sleek white shirting and black trousers as modeled by Ruth Bell. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "The Making of Off-White’s Fall 2019 Show," 15 Mar. 2019 Her black two-piece suit looked both classic and modern, effortlessly chic with a double breasted jacket, rolled up sleeves, wide leg trousers and a high neck shirt. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Elizabeth Olsen's New Blonde Hair With Wispy Bangs is the Epitome of Olsen Style," 11 Dec. 2018 So with that in mind, trouser historians — please stand down. Michael Austin,, "For the Fourth, drink American: Syrah, pinot, grenache and a vineyard full of other U.S. wines," 28 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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a strong desire or propensity

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