tux·​e·​do | \ ˌtək-ˈsē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce tuxedo (audio) \
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes

Definition of tuxedo

1 : a semiformal evening suit for men
2 : a men's single-breasted or double-breasted usually black or blackish-blue jacket

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tuxedoed \ ˌtək-​ˈsē-​(ˌ)dōd How to pronounce tuxedoed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tuxedo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hanks, sporting a black tuxedo, faced off against the U.S. serviceman, who was in his Army dress uniform. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Tom Hanks challenges Army sergeant to Academy Awards red carpet pushup contest," 10 Feb. 2020 The groom, dapper in a black Ralph Lauren tuxedo, was escorted by his parents to the altar, and was followed a few minutes later by the bride, angelic in an Anne Barge wedding gown. New York Times, "Adding a Wedding to the Highlight Reel," 10 Jan. 2020 The few photos that have emerged from the event so far reveal that Joe and his groomsmen went with classic black tuxedos for the ceremony. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Celebrate Marriage With Second Wedding in France," 30 June 2019 Some of the pieces are cut wide, for maximum flair; others feature functional patches (one accommodates an AirPod case); and some have a light blue stripe running down the side like a chino version of tuxedo pants. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Does ‘Sustainable Fashion’ Really Mean Anything?," 17 June 2019 Seated beside the queen in a black tuxedo with a white bow tie, Trump appeared to enjoy the ceremony. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump is all insults and gripes as European trip begins — until he meets the queen," 3 June 2019 Hemsworth also kept things simple with an all-black tuxedo. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Yup, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Were the Hottest Couple at Tonight's Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The floating lounge’s stage is just big enough to fit a drum kit, a few sidemen in tuxedos and Newton, who spent 2019 celebrating 60 years of performing in Las Vegas with his latest (of many) residencies on the Strip, Up Close & Personal. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Rat Pack to Fame Monster: The Rise, Fall and Lucrative Rebirth of the Las Vegas Residency," 28 Jan. 2020 The actress spent the tail end of the awards show wearing Momoa's velvet tuxedo jacket slug over her shoulders. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Jason Momoa's arms were the real stars of the Golden Globes," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tuxedo

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tuxedo

Tuxedo Park, New York

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The first known use of tuxedo was in 1889

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tuxedo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuxedo. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tuxedo

chiefly US : a formal suit for a man especially : a formal black suit worn with a white shirt and a black bow tie


tux·​e·​do | \ ˌtək-ˈsē-dō How to pronounce tuxedo (audio) \
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes

Kids Definition of tuxedo

: a formal suit for a man

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