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Meaning of pantaloon

pan•ta•loon

Pronunciation: (pan"tl-n'), [key]
— n.
  1. 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; trousers.
  2. (usually cap.) (in commedia dell'arte) a foolish old Venetian merchant, usually the head of a household, generally lascivious and frequently deceived in the course of lovers' intrigues.
  3. (in the modern pantomime) a foolish, vicious old man, the butt and accomplice of the clown.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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