knee breeches

knee breeches
`knee ,breeches noun plural
pants that cover only as far down as your knees, worn by men in the past

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  • Knee breeches — Breeches Breech es (br[i^]ch [e^]z), n. pl. [OE. brech, brek, AS. br[=e]k, pl. of br[=o]c breech, breeches; akin to Icel. br[=o]k breeches, ODan. brog, D. broek, G. bruch; cf. L. bracae, braccae, which is of Celtic origin. Cf. {Brail}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knee breeches — Knee Knee (n[=e]), n. [OE. kne, cneo, As. cne[ o], cne[ o]w; akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. kn[=i], G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu, chneo, Icel. kn[=e], Sw. kn[ a], Dan. kn[ae], Goth. kniu, L. genu, Gr. go ny, Skr. j[=a]nu, [root]231. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee-breeches — kneeˈ breeches plural noun Breeches extending to just below the knee • • • Main Entry: ↑knee …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee breeches — n. BREECHES (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • knee breeches — knee .breeches n [plural] tight trousers that end at your knee, worn especially in the past …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knee breeches — knee′ breech es n. pl. clo breeches 1) • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • knee breeches — breeches (def. 1). [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • knee breeches — noun trousers ending above the knee • Syn: ↑breeches, ↑knee pants, ↑knickerbockers, ↑knickers • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee breeches — /ˈni brɪtʃəz/ (say nee brichuhz) plural noun breeches reaching to or just below the knee …  

  • knee breeches — plural noun historical short trousers fastened at or just below the knee …   English new terms dictionary

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