noun, often attributive
pin·​stripe | \ ˈpin-ˌstrīp How to pronounce pinstripe (audio) \

Definition of pinstripe

: a very thin stripe especially on a fabric also : a suit with such stripes often used in plural

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Other Words from pinstripe

pin-striped \ ˈpin-​ˌstrīpt How to pronounce pin-striped (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pinstripe in a Sentence

a dark suit with white pinstripes a man dressed in pinstripes
Recent Examples on the Web In the late ‘80s, when Wall Street fat-cats were epitomizing a new kind of American villain, Robert de Niro played Capone in 1987’s The Untouchables, sleek as a healthy young seal in pinstripe suits. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Al Capone, All-American Boogeyman," 12 May 2020 Meanwhile, winning many admirers was Emma Corrin (’s young Princess Diana), looking business-elegant in her three-piece Celine pinstripe suit, complete with a dandy chiffon button hole. Emma Elwick-bates, Vogue, "All the It Brits (And Rihanna!) Came Out for British Vogue’s Post-BAFTAs Soirée at Annabel’s," 3 Feb. 2020 The other was Rodgers, who sat for more than four hours, in a dapper blue suit with white pinstripes, as cameras cut to his disgruntled face with each passing selection., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Swift wore a two-piece short pinstripe suit by Monse, pairing the top and shorts set with white heeled Gianvito Rossi booties and a white Jimmy Choo crossbody bag. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Rocks Pinstripe Short Suit at 2020 NME Awards: See the Sleek Look," 13 Feb. 2020 And lo! came frilly petticoats beneath pinstripe suit jackets and motherboard tank tops. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "From Plagues to Floods to Black Tuesday, Fashion Goes On," 4 Mar. 2020 With a thread count of 500 and a faint pinstripe pattern, this set is too good to resist. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "12 amazing things to buy from this popular Home Depot luxury brand," 26 Feb. 2020 Case in point: The Lip Kit entrepreneur wore a pinstripe Mach & Mach blazer dress layered over sparkly fishnet pants for a night at Nobu in New York City. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "The Kylie Jenner Outfits Everyone Can Copy (and Instagram)," 8 Jan. 2020 Garish and unavoidable, tradition be damned, Nike’s logo will be spat across the pinstripes of the Cubs, White Sox and Yankees. Phil Rosenthal,, "Column: Nike’s swoosh placement on the front of MLB uniforms is garish but unavoidable," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pinstripe

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Pinstripe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pinstripe

: a thin vertical stripe on cloth
: a suit with pinstripes

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