from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Men's wide breeches extending from waist to ankle, worn especially in England in the late 17th century. Often used in the plural.
- n. Tight trousers extending from waist to ankle with straps passing under the instep, worn especially in the 19th century. Often used in the plural.
- n. Trousers; pants. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aging buffoon.
- n. Trousers reminiscent of the tight-fitting leggings traditionally worn by a pantaloon.
- n. A kind of fabric.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ridiculous character, or an old dotard, in the Italian comedy; also, a buffoon in pantomimes.
- n. A bifurcated garment for a man, covering the body from the waist downwards, and consisting of breeches and stockings in one.
- n. In recent times, a loose-fitting variety of Trousers, often of less than ankle length.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In early Italian comedy, a character usually represented as a lean and foolish old man (properly a Venetian), wearing spectacles and slippers.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a character in the commedia dell'arte; portrayed as a foolish old man
- n. a buffoon in modern pantomimes; the butt of jokes
- n. trousers worn in former times
French pantalon, a kind of trouser, from Pantalon, Pantaloon; see Pantaloon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pantalon, from Italian Pantaleone, 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 παν and λέων. (Wiktionary)