tux·​e·​do | \ˌtək-ˈsē-(ˌ)dō \
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 \ adjective

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Jaden, in a black tuxedo, twinned with his date by opting for flared pants that had embellished metallic stripes down each side, in lieu of the more classic satin ribbon. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Jaden Smith Went to His Girlfriend’s Prom Wearing Bell Bottoms," 31 May 2018 Noa and Ross worked closely with CFDA menswear designer David Hart to design their custom dark green tuxedos. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 Brian wore his wedding tuxedo, by Ralph Lauren Purple Label, with Gucci boots. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 In the 1960s and ’70s his designs (Le Smoking most of all, his inimitably sleek and suggestive tuxedos for women) revolutionized the boundaries of acceptability, heralding sensuality, scandal, and transgression. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "Was Pierre Bergé the Most Powerful Man In France?," 8 Sep. 2017 At the Oscars, Rippon demanded attention in a Moschino tuxedo with a leather harness across his chest (pictured above) . Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 On the strength of this flimsy star vehicle, Rhys Meyers will not be sipping dry martinis in a tuxedo any time soon. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018 For the grand occasion, Beckham kept things sleek and simple in a tuxedo and twinned with her husband who donned a slick suit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria and David Beckham Have a Twinning Couples Moment in Tailored Suits," 26 June 2018 The Sun’s article was published just as a lavish black-tie dinner that Mrs. May was hosting for Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, at Blenheim Palace was breaking up, and guests in formal gowns and tuxedos were leaving the estate. New York Times, "As May’s Government Teeters Over Brexit, Trump Gives It a Shove," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tuxedo

: 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 \
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes

Kids Definition of tuxedo

: a formal suit for a man

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