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Definition of knickerbockers noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

knickerbockers

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkəbɒkəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkərbɑːkərz//
 
(North American English also knickers) [plural]
 
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short loose trousers/pants that fit tightly just below the knee, worn especially in the past Word Origin mid 19th cent. (originally in sense (2)): named after Diedrich Knickerbocker, pretended author of W. Irving's History of New York (1809). Sense (1) is said to have arisen from the resemblance of knickerbockers to the knee breeches worn by Dutch men in George Cruikshank's illustrations in Irving's book.