Pantaloon
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Pantaloon

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, a traditional character in 16th-century Italian comedy. See "Commedia dell'arte" in Wikipedia. The name is of Ancient Greek origin and loosely translates as "entirely lion." See (pan) and ? (lé?n).

Pronunciation

Noun

pantaloon (plural pantaloons)

  1. An aging buffoon.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act III, Sc. 1, l. 37
      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 Tranio, -- / regia, bearing my port, celsa senis, that we / might beguile the old pantaloon.
    • 1882, William Ballantine, Some Experiences of a Barrister's Life, page 234
      They constantly followed the virtuous pair, who as constantly eluded their grasp, whilst they themselves met with every kind of misfortune, until they became clown and pantaloon, [...].
    • 1960, Lady Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer Jebb, With Dearest Love to All: The Life and Letters of Lady Jebb, page 213
      The Bishop is a lean and slippered pantaloon, at least in his old clerical garments which he thinks good enough for the sea.
  2. Trousers reminiscent of the tight-fitting leggings traditionally worn by a pantaloon.
  3. A kind of fabric.

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