breeches

\ \ [OE] The theoretical singular of this word, breech, comes from a form which in Old English was plural – brēc. Its unrecorded singular, which would have been *brōc, came from a prehistoric West and North Germanic *brōks. The word’s ultimate origin is not known, although some connect it with break; and it is possible that it was borrowed early on into Gaulish as brāca, the probable source of English bracket.
\ \ The Old Norse descendant of the Germanic form, brók, was not only partly responsible for the Scottish version of breeches, breeks, but is also the source of brogue.
\ \ Cf.BROGUE

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  • Breeches — (pronounced IPA| [ˈbritʃɪz] ) are an item of male clothing covering the body from the waist down, with separate coverings for each leg, usually stopping just below the knee, though in some cases reaching to the ankles. The breeching of a young… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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),… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Breeches — (Braccas, Latin) This term described a portion of male attire, to which it was first applied in the 16th century. The Gaulish Britons and other Celtic nations used the word trousers, full and gathered at the ankles (see Trowsers). In an inventory …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 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

  • breeches — (izg. brȉčis) ž pl. tantum DEFINICIJA jahaće hlače gore široke, a dolje tijesno priljubljene uz nogu ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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

  • breeches — n.pl. (also pair of breeches sing.) 1 short trousers, esp. fastened below the knee, now used esp. for riding or in court costume. 2 colloq. any trousers, knickerbockers, or underpants. Phrases and idioms: Breeches Bible the Geneva Bible of 1560… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

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