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 Another facility in Bengaluru made apparel, including formal and casual daywear suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, and ties, that were sold under the brand. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A 180-year old cloth brand with a Bond and Bachchan connection shuts shop in India," 21 May 2020 In the other, in lilac trousers, Kid Poults, all the way from England. Los Angeles Times, "Book excerpt: Sunday is when Tiger Woods made golf history, but Saturday is when he won the 2019 Masters," 10 Apr. 2020 Other young brands that have benefited from a robust social media following include Reemami, from the United Arab Emirates, makes structural blazers and dresses, and Mrs Keepa, based in Dubai, which makes loud crop tops and trousers. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 Nordstrom’s sister store is full of amazing deals on everything from stretchy leggings and super soft sweatpants to stylish yet comfy jeans and trousers. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "The 28 Most Comfortable Pants and Leggings to Shop on Sale at Nordstrom Rack Right Now," 27 Apr. 2020 Pleated dresses had silk tie stripes inset between the panels; navy jackets became skirts and suit trousers were vests; and an entire safari landscape was worked in to otherwise simple overcoats. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "It’s the End of the World as We Know It," 2 Mar. 2020 Peculiarly, the labels have been snipped out of his jacket and trousers. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "Five new thrillers and mysteries to help escape reality — or see it in another light," 17 Feb. 2020 John seems to have an unfailing ability to mismatch the jacket and trousers. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The Last Trusted Prosecutor in Washington," 4 Nov. 2019 The royal mom, 38, even wore the set’s white blouse and black trousers herself. Stephanie Petit,, "Hugs for Prince Harry! See the Royal Dad Get the Biggest Embrace of All Time During School Visit," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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,, "Ashley Benson Debuted A ’70s Haircut In The Name Of Fashion," 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,, "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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The first known use of trouser was in 1681

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6 Jun 2020

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“Trouser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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