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1. often Pan·ta·lo·ne (păn′tə-lō′nā, pän′tä-lō′nĕ) A character in the commedia dell'arte, portrayed as a foolish old man in tight trousers and slippers.
2. A stock character in modern pantomime, the butt of a clown's jokes.

[French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, after San Pantalone, or Saint Pantaleon (died ad 303), Roman physician and martyr.]


n. often pantaloons
a. Men's wide breeches extending from waist to ankle, worn especially in England in the late 1600s.
b. Tight trousers extending from waist to ankle with straps passing under the instep, worn especially in the 1800s.
2. Trousers; pants.

[French pantalon, a kind of trouser, from Pantalon, Pantaloon; see Pantaloon.]


1. (Theatre) (in pantomime) an absurd old man, the butt of the clown's tricks
2. (Theatre) (usually capital) (in commedia dell'arte) a lecherous old merchant dressed in pantaloons
[C16: from French Pantalon, from Italian Pantalone, local nickname for a Venetian, probably from San Pantaleone, a fourth-century Venetian saint]


(ˌpæn tlˈun)

1. pantaloons, a man's close-fitting garment for the hips and legs, worn esp. in the 19th century, but varying in form from period to period.
2. (in the modern pantomime) a foolish, vicious old man, the butt and accomplice of the clown.
3. (usu. cap.) Also, Pan•ta•lo•ne (ˌpæn tlˈoʊ neɪ, ˌpɑn-) (in commedia dell'arte) a foolish old Venetian merchant, generally lascivious and frequently deceived in the course of lovers' intrigues.
[1580–90; < Middle French Pantalon < Venetian Pantalone nickname for a Venetian, variant of Pantaleone, name of a 4th-century saint once a favorite of the Venetians]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pantaloon - a buffoon in modern pantomimesPantaloon - a buffoon in modern pantomimes; the butt of jokes
2.Pantaloon - a character in the commedia dell'arte; portrayed as a foolish old man
3.pantaloon - trousers worn in former times
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"


n (Theat) → Hanswurst m
References in classic literature ?
every time Joey knocked the pantaloon down with one kick and helped him up with another.
Blue Beard's more in my line, and him I like best when he turned into the pantaloon.
This done he turns the pelt inside out, like a pantaloon leg; gives it a good stretching, so as almost to double its diameter; and at last hangs it, well spread, in the rigging, to dry.
It would be easier for them to hobble to town with a broken leg than with a broken pantaloon.
There is an abundance of Italian masks at the Palais Royal, from harlequin even to pantaloon.
Poor pantaloon, he was not an object to excite love, but the smile in her eyes was affectionate, and it was possible that her reserve concealed a very deep feeling.
He carried a sword over his shoulder, and slung on it a budget or bundle of his clothes apparently, probably his breeches or pantaloons, and his cloak and a shirt or two; for he had on a short jacket of velvet with a gloss like satin on it in places, and had his shirt out; his stockings were of silk, and his shoes square-toed as they wear them at court.
Virgin or not, he kissed it with his thirsty lips, and then flung himself along the brink, pillowing his head upon some shirts and a pair of pantaloons, tied up in a striped cotton handkerchief.
They wore green jackets and yellow pantaloons, and their little round caps and their high boots were a bright red color.
After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: 'Boy, make me the doublet, and patch the pantaloons, or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears.
Seeing, now, that there were no curtains to the window, and that the street being very narrow, the house opposite commanded a plain view into the room, and observing more and more the indecorous figure that Queequeg made, staving about with little else but his hat and boots on; I begged him as well as I could, to accelerate his toilet somewhat, and particularly to get into his pantaloons as soon as possible.
It's an ill wind dat blow nowhar,--dat ar a fact," said Sam, sententiously, giving an additional hoist to his pantaloons, and adroitly substituting a long nail in place of a missing suspender-button, with which effort of mechanical genius he seemed highly delighted.