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What’s the Plural of Trousers?

Trousers is only referred to as a plural noun, and has no singular noun form.

Last updated on February 14th, 2024 at 02:30 pm



What’s the plural of trousers?

Mostly referred to as pants, trousers is a plural noun with no singular noun form. Some nouns in English that consist of pairs, parts or pieces are only referred to in the plural case. Words and things like glasses, spectacles, pants, jeans, scissors, trousers and tongs are all only used in the plural, and have no singular noun form.

 

What does the word trousers mean?

Merriam-Webster defines trousers as:

A piece of clothing covering the lower part of the body from the waist to the foot and including separate sections for each leg; pants: “he had a rip in his trousers.

Plural-only nouns:

Trousers are a plural-only noun, and have no singular noun form. Similarly, these other common nouns and objects are only referred to as a plural (for the most part).

Plural-Only Nouns Chart

Non-singular/plural-only nouns. By Gflex on Canva.

Plural-only noun, trousers,  in sentences

1. My trousers are wet.

2. Why aren’t you wearing any trousers, David?

3. I need a new pair of trousers to go with this jacket.

4. You will be wearing long trousers full of patches everywhere.

5. He took some gold pieces from his trouser pocket and put them on the dish for her.

Origin of the word trousers

From etymology online on trousers (n.):

Garment for men, covering the lower body and each leg separately,” 1610s, earlier trouzes (1580s), extended from trouse (1570s), with plural ending typical of things in pairs, from Gaelic or Middle Irish triubhas “close-fitting shorts”.

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Sources

  1. Definition of trousers.
  2. Sentences using trousers.
  3. Origin of trousers.


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