I found that curious.
Trousers is generally a term for pants that have a matching jacket, though the term "pants" is used as well. Slacks, as I said above, are "dressy" without being formal, and do not have a matching jacket. Jeans, on the other hand, are jeans. Denim riveted if truly authentic, exterior back pockets Although garments can be cut like jeans, sewn like jeans and styled like jeans, if they are not made of cotton denim, they are not truly jeans.
One final note on "slacks" That's one for a German linguist to pursue. The usage of the words "slacks" and "pants" to mean the same thing as the word trousers, seems to be from American English. I have heard these used by Americans.
I have not heard those words used by British people. This page lists the word "slacks" as another word for pants in the trousers meaning: Where we would call trousers as formal long pants.
Trousers are smart and formal, you would not call the lower half of your addias track suit "jogging trousers". If its raining I put on waterproof pants. Seems to depend on where you are from in the U. Blue jeans don't fit this word. Pants is a universal term. You subdivide, by using slacks etc. A garment worn by men and boys, extending from the waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering each leg separately.
Trousers or "pants" can either be synonymous with pants or have a more formal connotation. Therefore, all trousers are pants, but not vice-versa: This definition is consistent with other languages such as the Spanish pantalones, which is contrasted with pantalones cortos shorts, or literally "short pants". I have always thought of trousers as part of a suit or uniform.
Slacks look the same as suit trousers because they are made of more formal material, but are purchased separately. They would be worn alone or with a sportcoat. Pants are everything else, corderoys, chinos, jeans, and other less formal styles. In UK English, Slacks are trousers worn by women. This is by contrast with the other form of similar leg covering garment worn by women: Trousers usually implies that the wearer is male. In UK English, pants is a less formal word for trousers.
It doesn't usually mean underpants , although if you wet your pants , I suppose this might mean underpants. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count. Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?
Questions Tags Users Badges Unanswered. Tim 4, 51 Added AmE tag because to me "pants" definitely does not mean the same as "trousers"! More important to me than the reference of each of these word is the users. In decades of life as a native English speaker, living in multiple countries that speak English, I don't think I've ever heard anyone outside of those three categories use those two words. My mom talks about "slacks" and "trousers".
I just call everything "pants" and I'm done with it. It's all pants all the way. In my experience in American English, "trousers" is seldom used unless it is an affectation of some kind.
Tim In British English, "pants" is short for "underpants. An excert from here: Daniel 3 7. Isn't it neat how usage varies? Personally, I would call suit pants slacks if worn without the jacket I've never heard suit pants called slacks. What part of the US do you live in? Brandon I generally wouldn't say slacks as the term is more of an occasional term used by my elders But if I did I would only mean suit pants in the sense of the kind of pants that may be paired with a suit jacket.
For your information, I was raised in a suburb of Chicago. As I understand "suit", the jacket and pants always come together. If you pair the jacket with pants of a non-identical material, then it's not a suit again, as I've always heard the term used, and had it explained to me when I've asked for fashion advice. FumbleFingers k 30 Google does something curious if you search for "men's slacks". In the UK, pants just means what Americans call underpants.
I'm surprised by your mention of "slacks". I haven't heard that word used in the UK, at all. It seems to be an American English word. I saw two peaks in AmE and no hits at all in BrE. Mitch It counts pants as hits for slacks. I found that curious. I didn't intend to give the impression that "slacks" is "US-only" terminology. I meant that it seems to be an American English word, at least in origin and most of its use. That's because, in all my decades, I can't think of even one example of hearing "slacks" used in the UK.
See ngram below which is probably book references only slacks - The next fairly broad term, covering all but work clothes or jeans. No matter what your shipping needs, Walmart's got you covered. Sign up for Shipping Pass so you can shop more, save money and live better.
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