pantaloon
noun Etymology: Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French Pantalon, from Old Italian Pantaleone, Pantalone Date: circa 1590 1. a. (or pantalone) capitalized a character in the commedia dell'arte that is usually a skinny old dotard who wears spectacles, slippers, and a tight-fitting combination of trousers and stockings b. a buffoon in pantomimes 2. plural a. wide breeches worn especially in England during the reign of Charles II b. close-fitting trousers usually having straps passing under the instep and worn especially in the 19th century 3. loose-fitting usually shorter than ankle-length trousers

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  • Pantaloon — Pan ta*loon , n. [F. pantalon, fr. It. pantalone, a masked character in the Italian comedy, who wore breeches and stockings that were all of one piece, from Pantaleone, the patron saint of Venice, which, as a baptismal name, is very frequent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pantaloon — may mean:*Pantaloon Group, India s largest retail chain *For modern western trousers (pants), see trousersee also*Pantalone, a character in the Italian commedia dell arte …   Wikipedia

  • Pantaloon — (n.) skinny, foolish old man in Italian comedy, 1580s; see PANTALOONS (Cf. pantaloons). As a kind of leggings, 1660s …   Etymology dictionary

  • pantaloon — or pantaloons [pan΄tə lo͞on′] n. [Fr Pantalon < It Pantalone, name of a character in Italian comedy, from the Venetian patron saint Pantalone or Pantaleone (< Gr pantos, PANTO + leōn, lion): also, the garment worn by this character] 1. [P ] …   English World dictionary

  • pantaloon — /pan tl oohn /, n. 1. pantaloons, a man s close fitting garment for the hips and legs, worn esp. in the 19th century, but varying in form from period to period; trousers. 2. (usually cap.) Also, Pantalone /pan tl oh nay, pahn /; It. /pahn tah law …   Universalium

  • pantaloon — noun a) An aging buffoon. Hic ibat, as I told you before, Simois, I am / Lucentio, hic est, son unto Vincentio of Pisa, / Sigeia tellus, disguised thus to get your love; / Hic steterat, and that Lucentio that comes / a wooing, Priami, is my man… …   Wiktionary

  • pantaloon — noun 1》 (pantaloons) women s baggy trousers gathered at the ankles.     ↘historical men s close fitting breeches fastened below the calf or at the foot. 2》 (Pantaloon) a character in Italian commedia dell arte represented as a foolish old man… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Pantaloon — a character in Italian commedia dell arte represented as a foolish old man wearing pantaloons. → pantaloon …   English new terms dictionary

  • pantaloon — n. 1 (in pl.) a hist. men s close fitting breeches fastened below the calf or at the foot. b esp. US trousers. 2 (Pantaloon) a character in Italian comedy wearing pantaloons (in sense 1a). Etymology: F pantalon f. It. pantalone, a character in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pantaloon — n. 1 (in pl.) a hist. men s close fitting breeches fastened below the calf or at the foot. b esp. US trousers. 2 (Pantaloon) a character in Italian comedy wearing pantaloons (in sense 1a). Etymology: F pantalon f. It. pantalone, a character in… …   Useful english dictionary

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