A group of men in knee breeches.
- trousers reaching to or just below the knees and often tapered to fit closely
- Informal any trousers
Origin of breechessee breech
too big for one's breeches
Middle English brech, brek, Old English brēc, plural of brōc (“breech, breeches”); akin to Old Norse brók (“breeches”), Danish brog, Dutch broek, German Bruch f; compare Latin bracae (> French braies) which is of Celtic origin. Compare brail.