• WordNet 3.6
    • n pantaloon trousers worn in former times
    • n Pantaloon a character in the commedia dell'arte; portrayed as a foolish old man
    • n Pantaloon a buffoon in modern pantomimes; the butt of jokes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pantaloon A bifurcated garment for a man, covering the body from the waist downwards, and consisting of breeches and stockings in one.
    • Pantaloon A ridiculous character, or an old dotard, in the Italian comedy; also, a buffoon in pantomimes. "The sixth age shifts
      Into the lean and slippered pantaloon ."
    • Pantaloon In recent times, a loose-fitting variety of Trousers, often of less than ankle length.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pantaloon In early Italian comedy, a character usually represented as a lean and foolish old man (properly a Venetian), wearing spectacles and slippers.
    • n pantaloon In mod. Pantomime, a character usually represented as a foolish and vicious old man, the butt of the clown, and his accomplice in all his wicked and funny pranks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pantaloon pan-ta-lōōn′ in pantomimes, a ridiculous character, a buffoon: :
    • n Pantaloon pan-ta-lōōn′ (orig.) a ridiculous character in Italian comedy, also a garment worn by him, consisting of breeches and stockings all in one piece
    • n Pantaloon pan-ta-lōōn′ (pl.) a kind of trousers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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 among the Venetians, and is applied to them by the other Italians as a nickname, fr. Gr. Pantale`wn, lit., all lion, a Greek personal name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pantalon—It. pantalone, from Pantaleon (Gr. 'all-lion'), the patron saint of Venice.


In literature:

He wore a dark surtout, and black waistcoat, and pantaloons, both of very fine cloth.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
Shakspearian Pantaloon in one of the latter seemed to be enjoying Christmas in the old-fashioned manner.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98 January 11, 1890" by Various
The pantalooned figure came up, still whistling, and paused for a moment to take breath.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
The little flour that adheres to the empty hand can be wiped off in the pantaloons pocket.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
I have no pantaloons!
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
I distinctly saw the ghost of the old fellow they told me of, come in at midnight, put on my pantaloons, and walk away with them.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
It was only what he might have expected, for had not the clown served the pantaloon exactly the same the night before?
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
Look at my pantaloons, all splashed with mire.
"The Young Adventurer" by Horatio Alger
The shirt, waistcoat and pantaloons are of similar articles and of the customary form.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The skaters present themselves dressed in a peculiar costume, the women wearing pantaloons.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis

In poetry:

Old happiness is grey as we,
And we may still outstrip her;
If we be slippered pantaloons,
Oh let us hunt the slipper!
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
It will suffice; a whirly tune
These winds will pipe, and thou perform
The nodded part of pantaloon
In thy created storm.
"The Last Contention" by George Meredith
Square-toed shoes, with silken strings,
Pantaloons not fitting ;
Finger deck'd with wedding rings,
And small-clothes made of knitting.
"Male Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
With Whiskers, Band, and Pantaloon,
And Ruff composed most duly;
This 'Squire he dropp'd his Pen full soon,
While as the Light burnt bluely.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
No! my sight must fail,--
If that ain't Judas on the largest scale!
Well, this is modest;--nothing else than that?
My coat? my boots? my pantaloons? my hat?
My stick? my gloves? as well as all my wits,
Learning and linen,--everything that fits!
"A Modest Request" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

While the literature claims the patent is most useful for "vests, pantaloons or other garments requiring straps," how many pantaloons do you see with elastic straps held together by clasps these days.
They always seem to be the last to transition from the pantaloons to their shorter legged brethren.
Mick Jagger would never wear pantaloons.
While the literature claims the patent is most useful for "vests, pantaloons or other garments requiring straps ," how many pantaloons do you see with elastic straps held together by clasps these days.