knee breeches

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knee breeches

Pants extending to or just below the knee, traditionally tight-fitting around the waist and knees and looser throughout the length of the thighs.


(ˈbrɪtʃ ɪz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. knee-length trousers, often with buckles or decoration at the bottoms, worn by men in the 17th to early 19th centuries.
3. Informal. trousers.
too big for one's breeches, more insolent and conceited than is warranted by one's position or abilities.
[1125–75; Middle English, pl. of breech]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knee breeches - trousers ending above the kneeknee breeches - trousers ending above the knee  
britches - informal term for breeches
buckskins - breeches made of buckskin
codpiece - (15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
plus fours - men's baggy knickers hanging below the knees; formerly worn for sports (especially golf)
trouser, pant - (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately; "he had a sharp crease in his trousers"
trunk hose - puffed breeches of the 16th and 17th centuries usually worn over hose
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
There were milkmaids and shepherdesses, with brightly colored bodices and golden spots all over their gowns; and princesses with most gorgeous frocks of silver and gold and purple; and shepherds dressed in knee breeches with pink and yellow and blue stripes down them, and golden buckles on their shoes; and princes with jeweled crowns upon their heads, wearing ermine robes and satin doublets; and funny clowns in ruffled gowns, with round red spots upon their cheeks and tall, pointed caps.
When the first part of the performance was over, the Owner and Manager of the circus, in a black coat, white knee breeches, and patent leather boots, presented himself to the public and in a loud, pompous voice made the following announcement:
He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face.
The name of which extremists of the French Revolution means "without knee breeches"?
Reem and Ramah greeted guests wearing sumo-style cullotes (originally French knee breeches) and organza-flowered tops from the cool collection to showcase its versatility and style.
THE PHRASE "HOME GUNSMITHING" conjures up pictures of a guy in knee breeches tending a forge and hammering out a rifle barrel from white hot strips of steel.
[euro]e title character of Patience is a down-to-earth milkmaid who catches the eye of a poetic poseur, the Oscar Wildean Reginald Bunthorne - longhaired, attired in velvet knee breeches and invariably clutching a lily for the purposes of aesthetic contemplation.
There's no head, just a body and legs of a man dressed in a brown waistcoat and knee breeches and he just stands on the stairs and then fades away.
His keen sense of humour early warned him that his bulk, his stature, his heavy form would have fitted ill with the slender elegancies of the powdered wig, the brocaded coat and the knee breeches. Lovat compromised before his frank mirror between art and God's design of him, by leaning towards the years of the Regency - the tight sleeve, the high velvet collar, and the silk hat of a belated Comte D'Orsay.
In "A History of New York", he described Santa as a "rotund little man" with knee breeches & a broad-brimmed hat Later, illustrator Thomas Nast depicted a rotund Santa for Harper's magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s.
But neither toning down the rich pageantry of Pugin's interiors nor dressing the Speaker in a lounge suit rather than knee breeches will address the real problem, which is the venal mediocrity of so many of Britain's elected representatives.
May and Earl Hoy complains his 2012 chances are being hampered by having to ride in a coronet with ermine cloak and knee breeches.