tux·​e·​do ˌtək-ˈsē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce tuxedo (audio)
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes
: a semiformal evening suit for men
: a men's single-breasted or double-breasted usually black or blackish-blue jacket
tuxedoed adjective

Examples of tuxedo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One showed Roker in a tuxedo and his wife in a white dress, veil and long white gloves. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 Legend, for his part, looked dapper in a white tuxedo jacket with black lapels, matching his beloved’s black-and-white theme. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2023 Browne has put the actor Oscar Isaac in a pleated skirt and the actress Christine Baranski in a corseted tuxedo. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 See tuxedos where the culottes are actually basketball shorts; choirboy collars as stiff and soaring as those of a high court judge; hammered bronze and silver sequins matched with sweats or T-shirts; and the most dramatic taffeta opera cloaks over ratty old tighty whities. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 In late May this year, back home in Greensboro, DJ and Rocky sat side by side, dressed in tuxedos. The Enquirer, 30 Aug. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 13 Reiss Ace Single Breasted Velvet Blazer $515 at REISS For red carpet events, Prince William likes sporting a velvet tuxedo jacket. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 13 Aug. 2023 Emily Weiss was wearing a tuxedo with no shirt underneath. Jason Sheeler, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Dimitra wears a royal blue velvet tuxedo jacket that was custom made for her husband. Adrienne Gaffney, ELLE, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Tuxedo Park, New York

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tuxedo was in 1889

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“Tuxedo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuxedo. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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tux·​e·​do ˌtək-ˈsēd-ō How to pronounce tuxedo (audio)
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes
: a suit for men to be worn on special occasions

named for Tuxedo Park, a resort in New York State, where the jacket first became popular

Word Origin
Tuxedo can be traced back to the name of a village in southeastern New York. In the 1880s, an area called Tuxedo Park, near the village of Tuxedo, became a popular vacation community. It was here, around the turn of the century, that young men began wearing a new kind of dress jacket. The new style was soon called tuxedo.

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