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From earlier bragget, probably from Middle French braguette, from Old French braguette (the opening in the fore part of a pair of breeches), from Old Occitan braga, from Latin brāca (pants), from Transalpine Gaulish *brāca (pants), perhaps from or related to similar forms in Germanic: compare Old English braccas (pants), Old English brōc (breeches), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrāg-, from *bʰreg- (to break, crack, split, divide). More at breech, britches.