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Trousers and shorts

bell-bottoms

noun

trousers that are very wide at the bottom of the leg

blue jeans

noun

trousers that are made of blue denim (=a thick cotton cloth)

board shorts

noun

men’s shorts that come down to the knee, worn for swimming and surfing

bottoms

noun

the trousers of a set of loose clothes or sports clothes. The other part is called the top

breeches

noun

old-fashioned trousers that end at the knee

britches

another spelling of breeches

capri pants

noun

women’s narrow trousers that end just below the knee

cargo pants

noun

loose trousers made of cotton with large pockets on the legs

chaps

noun

pieces of leather that cowboys wear over their trousers to protect their legs when riding horses

chinos

noun

trousers made from thick strong cotton cloth

cords

noun

trousers made of corduroy

corduroys

noun

trousers made of corduroy

cropped pants

noun

wide trousers that end just below the knee

culottes

noun

women’s short trousers that have wide legs and look like a skirt

cutoffs

noun

short trousers that you make by cutting part of the legs off old trousers

daks

noun

trousers

denims

noun

a pair of trousers made from denim

drainpipe trousers

noun

trousers with very narrow legs

dungarees

noun

a piece of clothing consisting of trousers and a square piece of cloth that fits over your chest, held up by narrow pieces of cloth over your shoulders. The American word is overalls.

dungarees

noun

trousers made of strong cloth, usually blue denim

flannels

noun

trousers made of wool flannel

flares

noun

a type of trousers that become wider at the bottom

hipsters

noun

trousers that fit tightly around your hips and do not cover your waist

hot pants

noun

very small tight shorts (=short trousers) for women

jeans

noun

trousers made of heavy cotton cloth called denim that you wear in informal situations

jeggings

noun

leggings (= trousers worn by women that stretch and fit very closely to their legs) that look similar to jeans

jodhpurs

noun

trousers that are worn for riding a horse

joggers

noun

loose trousers that you wear especially when you are doing exercise

khakis

noun

trousers or other clothes made of khaki cloth

leggings

noun

trousers worn by women and girls that stretch and fit very closely to their legs

leggings

noun

special trousers that you wear over your ordinary trousers in bad weather

Levi’s

a type of jeans

overalls

noun

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pantaloons

noun

old-fashioned long wide trousers that are narrow at the bottom

pants

noun

trousers

pedal pushers

noun

tight trousers for women that finish just below the knee

pyjamas

noun

a loose pair of cotton trousers that some people in Asian countries wear

salwar

noun

a pair of trousers with wide legs, worn by women in northern India

shalwar

another spelling of salwar

shorts

noun

short trousers that end at or above the knees

skinny jeans

noun

tight jeans with narrow straight legs

ski pants

noun

women’s tight trousers with a narrow piece of cloth that goes under the foot

ski pants

noun

warm trousers that you wear for skiing

slacks

noun

trousers, especially ones that are worn for informal occasions

spray-on jeans

noun

jeans that fit very tightly all down the leg

stirrup pants

noun

women’s tight trousers with a narrow piece of cloth that goes under the foot

stretch pants

noun

women’s trousers that are made of cloth that stretches

strides

noun

trousers

sweatpants

noun

thick cotton trousers worn especially for exercise or informal activities

trews

noun

tight trousers, especially with a tartan pattern

trouser

adjective

relating to trousers

trousers

noun

a piece of clothing covering the body from the waist to the feet, divided into separate parts for each leg and worn by both men and women

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