breeches


breeches
breeches c.1200, a double plural, from O.E. brec "breeches," which already was plural of broc "garment for the legs and trunk," from P.Gmc. *brokiz (Cf. O.N. brok, Du. broek, Dan. brog, O.H.G. bruoh, Ger. Bruch, obsolete since 18c. except in Swiss dialect), perhaps from PIE root *bhreg- (see BREAK (Cf. break)). The Proto-Germanic word is a parallel form to Celt. *bracca, source (via Gaulish) of L. braca (Cf. Fr. braies), and some propose that the Germanic word group is borrowed from Gallo-Latin, others that the Celtic was from Germanic. Expanded sense of "part of the body covered by breeches, posterior" led to senses in childbirthing (1670s) and gunnery ("the part of a firearm behind the bore," 1570s). As the popular word for "trousers" in English, displaced in U.S. c.1840 by PANTS (Cf. pants). The Breeches Bible (Geneva Bible of 1560) so called on account of rendition of Gen. iii:7 (already in Wyclif) "They sewed figge leaues together, and made themselues breeches."

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  • Breeches — in der historischen Form: Kaiser Joseph II. (um 1780) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 garment worn… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breeches — [brich′iz] pl.n. [see BREECH] 1. trousers reaching to or just below the knees and often tapered to fit closely 2. Informal any trousers too big for one s breeches Informal too forward, presumptuous, etc. for one s position or status …   English World dictionary

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  • breeches — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ short trousers fastened just below the knee, now worn for riding or as part of ceremonial dress …   English terms dictionary

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  • breeches — noun /bɹɪitʃəz,bɹɪtʃəz/ a) A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes. And how then was the Devil drest? b) Trousers; pantaloons; britches. Oh! he was in his Sundays best: See Also …   Wiktionary

  • Breeches — Stiefelhose; Reithosen * * * Bree|ches 〈[bri:tʃız] nur Pl.〉 oben weite, um die Waden enganliegende Kniehose, Reithose [engl., „Knie , Reithose“] * * * Bree|ches [ brɪt̮ʃəs] <Pl.> [engl. breeches, Pl. von: breech < aengl. brēc, Pl. von:… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • breeches — /brich iz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. Also called knee breeches. knee length trousers, often having ornamental buckles or elaborate decoration at or near the bottoms, commonly worn by men and boys in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. 2.… …   Universalium


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