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Pan·ta·loon (păntə-ln)
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n.
1. often Pan·ta·lo·ne (păntə-lōnā, päntä-lōnĕ) 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.]

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pan·ta·loon (păntə-ln)
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n. often pantaloons
1.
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.]

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