knee breeches

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n knee breeches trousers ending above the knee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Knee breeches breeches coming to the knee, and buckled or fastened there; smallclothes.
    • Knee breeches See under Breeches.
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Usage

In literature:

Velvet knee-breeches, a white stock, black shoes with buckles.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
Costume consists of dark coat, light vest, dark breeches and hose, low shoes, knee and shoe buckles.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Black knee breeches and zouave jacket.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Knee-breeches dressed his shapely legs, while fine silk stockings and buckled shoes displayed his well-turned calves and ankles.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
Knee-breeches enjoyed vogue for a time, but only for a time; for they vanished suddenly in 1930 and were replaced by tights or shapes.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
His attire is completed by a thick flannel frock and leathern breeches, tied with thongs below the knee.
"Iron Making in the Olden Times as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean" by H. G. Nicholls
Pen could see a tiny patch that Mrs. Flynn had put on the knee of Jim's riding breeches.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Even amongst the older men of the Hardanger one seldom sees the knee-breeches and stockings which used to be worn.
"Peeps at Many Lands: Norway" by A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
The dress for polo includes buckskin knee breeches, flannel or madras shirt with low turn-down collar, top riding boots, and polo cap.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Lace frills of costly Point edged the knee-breeches, lace cravats were worn and deep falling cuffs.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
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In poetry:

"Old brogan shoes and homespun socks?" the very things I need;
For too much dress and fashion, sir, would my lithe step impede;
An old cord "gallus," friend, would hold my breeches on to me,
And I'd not care a snap about their bagging at the knee.
"If I Had A Million" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

It's unlikely that any of us have any extra pairs of knee breeches or a satin waistcoat stashed in the closet.
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