What Are Pantaloons, When Did Pants Originate, and Why Are Pants Referred To As a Pair?

Pants is short for pantaloons, and the item only became a single garment late in its history.

Up until the seventeenth century, the legs were covered with two separate sleeves of fabric called “hose,” which were tied to a belt with braces.

The open crotch was covered with breeches and a long tunic.

The plural reference to a single unit as a “pair of pants” is extended to trousers, slacks, and shorts.

Pantaloons came from the comic wardrobe of a stock character in the Commedia dell’Arte.

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