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pan•ta•loon



Pronunciation: (pan"tl-OOn'), [key]
n.
1. pantaloons,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.) Also,Pan•ta•lo•nePronunciation: (pan"tl-ō'nā, pän"-; It.pän"tä-lô'ne). [key](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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