• IPA: /ˈbɹiːtʃɪz/
    IPA: /ˈbɹɪtʃɪz/ (traditional)
    IPA: /ˈbɹiːtʃɪz/ (more recent spelling pronunciation)
  1. plural form of breech
  2. A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.
    • 1829, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, "The Devil's Thoughts,"
      And how then was the Devil drest?
      Oh! he was in his Sunday's best:
      His jacket was red and his breeches were blue,
      And there was a hole where the tail came through.
  3. (informal) Trousers; pantaloons.
    Synonyms: trousers, pants

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