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Hosen \Ho"sen\, n. pl. See Hose. [Archaic]


Hose \Hose\ (h[=o]z), n.; pl. Hose, formerly Hosen (h[=o]"z'n). [AS. hose; akin to D. hoos, G. hose breeches, OHG. hosa, Icel. hosa stocking, gather, Dan. hose stocking; cf. Russ. koshulia a fur jacket.]

  1. Close-fitting trousers or breeches, as formerly worn, reaching to the knee.

    These men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments.
    --Dan. iii. 21.

    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank.

  2. Covering for the feet and lower part of the legs; a stocking or stockings.

  3. A flexible pipe, made of leather, India rubber, or other material, and used for conveying fluids, especially water, from a faucet, hydrant, or fire engine.

    Hose carriage, Hose cart, or Hose truck, a wheeled vehicle fitted for conveying hose for extinguishing fires.

    Hose company, a company of men appointed to bring and manage hose in the extinguishing of fires. [U.S.]

    Hose coupling, coupling with interlocking parts for uniting hose, end to end.

    Hose wrench, a spanner for turning hose couplings, to unite or disconnect them.


n. 1 (context poetic historical archaic English) (plural of hose English) (qualifier: the old-fashioned garment; stockings) 2 Coverings for the legs; trousers; pants.


Hosen (, lit. Strength) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located near Ma'alot-Tarshiha, it falls under the jurisdiction of Ma'ale Yosef Regional Council. In it had a population of .

Usage examples of "hosen".

The company was completed by a peasant in a rude dress of undyed sheepskin, with the old-fashioned galligaskins about his legs, and a gayly dressed young man with striped cloak jagged at the edges and parti-colored hosen, who looked about him with high disdain upon his face, and held a blue smelling-flask to his nose with one hand, while he brandished a busy spoon with the other.

Neither was it ever merrier with England than when an Englishman was known abroad by his own cloth, and contended himself at home with his fine carsey hosen, and a mean slop.

Near to the pathway lay a long clump of greenery, and from behind this there stuck straight up into the air four human legs clad in parti-colored hosen, yellow and black.