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PANTALOON (Ital. pantalone)

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 682 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PANTALOON (Ital. pantalone), a character in the old Italian popular comedy, said to represent a Venetian, from the favourite Venetian saint San Pantaleone, and transferred from it to pantomime (q.v.). The Italian pantaloon was always a silly old man with spectacles and wearing slippers, and his character was maintained in pantomime and has also made his name a synonym for a tottering dotard, as in Shakespeare's As You Like It (Ir. vii. 158). From the Venetian usage the word " pantaloon " (whence "pants ") has also been given to certain forms of garment for the legs, the exact meaning varying at different times.
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