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Topic: CLOTHES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Diedrich Knickerbocker, name invented by Washington Irving for the supposed writer of his History of New York (1809), who is shown in the book wearing such pants

knickerbockers

noun
     
knick‧er‧bock‧ers [plural]
DCC short loose trousers that fit tightly at your knees, worn especially in the past
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