Why do they call it a pair of pants when there is only one of them?

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  1. TheHoleStory profile image78
    TheHoleStoryposted 3 years ago

    Why do they call it a pair of pants when there is only one of them?


  2. Adventuretravels profile image88
    Adventuretravelsposted 3 years ago

    Actually in the UK they're called a pair of trousers. The word comers from 'drawers' and the word pants comes from 'pantaloons' which is an Italian word. They used to be 2 garments one for the top and one for the legs - but now they're just one garment. that's all I know -am I right??

    1. ChristineV profile image61
      ChristineVposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      well, this makes sense.

  3. word55 profile image69
    word55posted 3 years ago

    a pant is one leg. Each pant is one so, a pair of pants always equal a pair. Here's another controversial definition: PANT. 1 : an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle —usually used in plural. 2 plural chiefly British : men's underpants. Furthermore, Where did the word, panties come from?

  4. C.V.Rajan profile image60
    C.V.Rajanposted 3 years ago

    It is precisely based on the same "logic" behind calling scissors a pair of scissors!

  5. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    a pair means two, since a ants and shorts has two legs, so it is a pair

  6. The Examiner-1 profile image71
    The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago

    In the 16th century each leg was pulled on separate and then belted together at the top, which were eventually called a pair of pants and the usage stuck even after they became one piece.

    1. MizBejabbers profile image91
      MizBejabbersposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I never heard that one. It does make sense to a question that has been asked for centuries without a straight answer.

    2. PAINTDRIPS profile image94
      PAINTDRIPSposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I believe this is correct.  Costumers and anyone studying fashion through the ages knows this one.  They also developed a "cod piece" to cover the gap between the legs with ties so a man could have easy access.  Of course zippers changed all that!

  7. Randall Guinn profile image76
    Randall Guinnposted 3 years ago

    It looks like you have your answer already, but yes at one time pants were made of separate pieces, much like Native American leggings and breach clout.

  8. alancaster149 profile image84
    alancaster149posted 3 years ago

    Earlier on in the northern lands, including Anglo-Saxon regions, they were known as 'breeks' (also 'breeches').
    A famed Danish Viking king named Ragnar 'Lothbrok' would have been known in modern English as 'Leather breeks', the nickname becoming the name 'Ladbroke', a well known chain of 'bookies' or 'turf accountants' (betting shops).
    Although it's only one item, we've got two legs. Most people in the north of England of working class descent call them breeches.
    In a play on words: 'I've burnt my breeches' (the original is '... burnt my bridges), i.e., can't go back. Back in the 60's and 70's we called them 'strides', remember? That seems to have gone the way of all things.   
    In Scotland they're called 'trews' or 'troosers' (as in Andy Stewart's song, 'Donald, weere's yer troosers?'), worn by the military in winter by some regiments instead of the kilt.

  9. Venkatachari M profile image29
    Venkatachari Mposted 3 years ago

    Very intelligent and may be difficult to explain. It is called so because of the reason that it covers waist and legs. In maths also there is one shape with three holes known as pair of pants. May be, due to that reason also the trousers are known as  pair of pants. But, nowadays, I do not think that anybody still call them as pair of pants.


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