pants, trousers

Pants is a term meaning "a pair of trousers." An abbreviation of pantaloons, pants refers to one garment but is treated as a plural in "These pants are dirty." To use the word with a singular verb, say "This pair of pants is...." Some "experts" feel that trousers is a more genteel term than pants, but pants is a word calculated to stay in and, possibly, up.

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  • pants — pants1 S3 [pænts] n [plural] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: pantaloons] 1.) especially AmE a piece of clothing that covers you from your waist to your feet and has a separate part for each leg British Equivalent: trousers ▪ She was wearing dark blue… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pants — noun (plural) 1 AmE a piece of clothing that covers you from your waist to your feet and has a separate part for each leg; trousers especially BrE 2 BrE a piece of underwear that covers the area between your waist and the top of your legs 3… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • trousers — See pants. See pants, trousers …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • pants — See pants, trousers …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Trousers — are an item of clothing worn on the lower part of the body from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth stretching across both as in skirts and dresses). Such items of clothing are often referred to as pants …   Wikipedia

  • pants — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) Brit. underpants or knickers. 2) chiefly N. Amer. trousers. 3) Brit. informal rubbish; nonsense. ● catch someone with their pants (or trousers) down Cf. ↑catch someone with their trousers down ● …   English terms dictionary

  • pants — In BrE pants (plural noun) means ‘underpants’, whereas in AmE it means ‘trousers or slacks’. The distinction can cause problems: • I heard an American student at Cambridge University telling some English friends how he climbed over a locked gate… …   Modern English usage

  • pants — [ pænts ] noun plural ** 1. ) AMERICAN a piece of clothing that covers your body from your waist to your ANKLES and has a separate part for each leg: TROUSERS 2. ) BRITISH UNDERPANTS beat the pants off INFORMAL 1. ) to defeat an opponent easily 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pants — /pants/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. trousers (def. 1). 2. underpants, esp. for women and children; panties. 3. Brit. men s underpants, esp. long drawers. 4. wear the pants, to have the dominant role; be in charge: I guess we know who wears the… …   Universalium

  • pants — n. 1. n. pl. A garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately. Syn: trousers. [WordNet 1.6] 2. Underpants. Syn: drawers. [PJC] 3. Specifically: Underpants worn by women; panties. Syn: bloomers, drawers,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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