gua·​ya·​bera ˌgwī-ə-ˈber-ə How to pronounce guayabera (audio)
: a usually short-sleeved lightweight sport shirt designed to be worn untucked

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not bad for something that started with a guayabera. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2022 Caribbean coast, as evidenced by Felix’s trademark guayabera. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 7 Feb. 2022 Acosta asked, purposefully donning a black guayabera, a traditional Caribbean dress shirt, that didn’t have a collar for Tuesday's debate. Philip Marcelo, Chron, 25 Mar. 2021 Ford, his white guayabera drenched in his dead bodyguard’s blood, tried to fight off a Dignity Battalion attacker before being arrested. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2019 The De Colores Art Show founder, easily recognizable wearing his guayabera and Panama-style hat, died last week. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2020 Suárez, bald and bespectacled, in a white guayabera, took the microphone first, playing the role of elder statesman. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2019 Fans come dressed in Chanel finery, gleaming guayaberas, or Stetsons color-coordinated with cinto piteados — leather belts stitched with arabesque designs. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2019 Nothing lasts in fashion, not even Miami's love affair with the guayabera. Rob Wile, miamiherald, 17 May 2018 See More

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Word History


American Spanish

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guayabera was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Guayabera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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