The pant

Pantalon

A pant is a garment worn on the lower part of the body, both legs being covered separately.
It opens in the middle on the front by a fly or on the sides by a bridge.

Historically, the pants are linked to the history of domestication of the horse, being essential to mount it. The modern trousers will be adopted around 1850 under the nickname stovepipe. It has evolved only on details since the addition of a setback under the leadership of Edward VII of the United Kingdom in 1909, for example. It is the sport that will popularize the port among women.

The name "pants" is borrowed from the Italian "Pantalone", name of a jester character of the "commedia dell'arte" who was dressed in a suit whose trousers fell straight on the feet.

Over the centuries, some terms, now obsolete, were used to designate the pants:
the braies, worn by the Celts and Germans, composed of two independent legs whose upper was wound on the basin;
rhingrave, a sort of 16th century men's skirt, pleated and decorated with lace;
the trousers, trousers of the tenth century that went up to the waist;
the panties that, in the eighteenth century, went down to the knee.

The pants can be classified according to their leg length. We are talking about :
short, when the leg stops mid-thighs;
Bermuda, when the leg stops above the knee;
shorts, for tight pants whose leg stops above the knee (as for cyclists).
Corsair, for a narrow pant whose leg stops between the knee and the calf.
crotch, when the leg stops at mid-calf;
long trousers, when the leg stops between the ankle and the ground.

 

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