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What is the difference between pants and slacks?

Are slacks supposed to be dressier than pants?, because I feel a little confused.

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  • 2 months ago
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    I found this:


    Slacks originally denoted less formal, untailored men's trousers, and still usually refers to off-the-rack dress pants, especially those made of smooth wool knits (which hang loose and smooth, hence “slack”.

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    So, all slacks are pants, but not all pants are slacks. Blue jeans spring to mind; they are pants, but not slacks. Note there is quite a bit of overlap and the distinction isn't always clear.

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  • 2 months ago

    They mean more or less the same thing except that "pants" is more common in American English and "slacks" (or trousers) is more common in British English.  In British English "pants" sometimes means "underpants".

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