: short full breeches reaching about halfway down the thigh that were worn chiefly in the late 16th and early 17th centuries

Examples of trunk hose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1564, Henri III limited the amount of padding within men’s trunk hose and banned pockets of a certain size. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History


probably from obsolete English trunk to truncate

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trunk hose was in 1618

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“Trunk hose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trunk%20hose. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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