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Germanic trousers of the 4th century found in the Thorsberg moor, Germany
Early use of trousers in France: a sans-culotte by Louis-Léopold Boilly.

Trousers (or pants in Canada, South Africa and the United States, and sometimes called slacks or breeches (sometimes pronounced [ˈbrɪtʃɨz])) are a kind of clothing worn on the lower part of the body, covering both legs apart (instead of with cloth stretching across both as in skirts and dresses). Historically, in the West, trousers have been the lower-body clothing item for men since the 16th century; by the late 20th century, they had become prevalent for women as well. Trousers are worn at the hips or waist, and may be held up by their own by a belt, or suspenders (braces).

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