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

Those include meat products, peanuts, window blinds, bed sheets, trousers, overcoats, keyboards, TV sets, golf shoes and ski boots. Los Angeles Times, "Trump backs down again, delays many new tariffs on China until December," 13 Aug. 2019 Her luxurious basics — roomy tweed coats, breezy wide leg trousers, and dressy flats — marked a shift toward accessible luxury. Channing Hargrove,, "As Couture Week Changes For The Better, A Look At The Prettiest Dresses So Far," 5 July 2019 From left, a flash of feline pattern from Saint Laurent; shimmering leather trousers at Givenchy; lustrous blazers at Versace and 1017 Alyx 9SM; a showy pop of snakeskin print from Celine. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Men’s Trends You Might Actually Want to Wear in 2020," 28 June 2019 The country singer showed up to the event in his usual blazer-and-trousers combo, while his wife wore a pink satin top with matching heels, an animal-print skirt, and a brown belt. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Thomas Rhett Clapped Back at Online Trolls Who Criticized His Wife Lauren Akins," 10 June 2019 Embodying the former, Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in the beachside town today looking like an off-duty screen siren in a nearly all-white ensemble comprised of a Jacquemus top, worn open to reveal a black bikini, and flared white trousers. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alessandra Ambrosio’s French Girl Hair Trick Is Worth Stealing for Summer," 14 May 2019 His Navy cape covers one leg and his floppy trousers the other, suggesting a withered limb beneath. Sam Roberts,, "Neil Estern, sculptor of monumental public works, 93," 31 July 2019 His trousers were completely tattered and Nazi leadership would later use photographs of the pants as part of a propaganda campaign. Albinko Hasic, Time, "A Group of German Leaders Tried to Kill Hitler in 1944. Here’s Why They Failed," 19 July 2019 The police also found blood on his left sneaker and, later, on a pair of his trousers. Edmund H. Mahony,, "State Supreme Court reverses conviction in Norwich murder because police searched man’s apartment without a warrant," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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,, "How Athletes Are Turning Arena Entrances into Fashion Shows," 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, "Short Shorts Are Out, Long Shorts Are In! Shop Our 15 Favorite Pairs," 31 May 2019 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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