Age old question.... Are leggings pants??

I for one am a big fan of leggings but only under a longer shirt or sweater. I refuse to wear leggings that show my butt! No one wants to see that!! Now, I will say if I was like 16-years-old or 20-years-old again then maybe I wouldn't care because I had a smaller butt back then but now, no way! I think if paired with a longer jacket or cute tunic and boots and stuff then it can be really cute and a more comfortable option than jeans. But a short shirt and leggings... You won't catch me in that!

What do you think?? Are leggings pants?