pin·​stripe ˈpin-ˌstrīp How to pronounce pinstripe (audio)
often attributive
: a very thin stripe especially on a fabric
also : a suit with such stripes
often used in plural
pin-striped adjective

Examples of pinstripe in a Sentence

a dark suit with white pinstripes a man dressed in pinstripes
Recent Examples on the Web Part Two star Rebecca Ferguson looks professional in pinstripes while appearing on the British show Lorraine on Feb. 16 in London. People Staff, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 In his first year in pinstripes, in 1977, Gullett went 14-4, helping the team to its first World Series victory since 1962. Alex Williams, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The Funko Pop version of everyone’s favorite skeleton, Jack, is wearing his iconic pinstripe suit and standing in front of the door that leads to his home. Melissa Epifano,, 10 Feb. 2024 The 31-year-old pop star wore a pinstripe three-piece suit by Giuseppe di Morabito, complete with a corset bustier and wide-leg trousers, while her 40-year-old counterpart also opted for chic suiting featuring a cape-like jacket with dramatic shoulder pads. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2024 The photo — which shows the 75-year-old British monarch standing in a doorway dressed in a navy blue pinstripe suit — was taken by photographer Samir Hussein at the British Ambassador's residence during a September 2023 state visit to France. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Seated near ringside in a $3,000 blue pinstripe suit and gold tie, Davis would have been easy to spot. John L. Smith, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 The former soccer star hit the red carpet wearing a white jacket over a black shirt and black pants, while his youngest son sported a pinstripe shirt over baggy white pants. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Pinned to the board in August was a snippet from a roll of pinstripe, the stripes composed of letters spelling Margiela; the soundtrack for the collection that was in the works included German post-punk and Kraftwerk. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinstripe was in 1863

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“Pinstripe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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pin·​stripe ˈpin-ˌstrīp How to pronounce pinstripe (audio)
: a very thin stripe on a fabric
also : a suit with such stripes

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