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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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 Stepping onto the red carpet wearing a full tuxedo, Cole has certainly come a long way from his days on the Disney channel step-and-repeat, next to his twin brother Dylan. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Attend Met Gala 2018 in Old Hollywood Glam," 7 May 2018 Pitt, whose jeans and jacket wouldn’t look out of place at Gucci, is sporting proportions that update the classic Canadian tuxedo for today. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Are Shooting a New Movie or a Balenciaga Ad Campaign," 28 June 2018 Special thanks to Men's Wearhouse in Enfield , CT for providing the tuxedos for this event. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 21 May 2018 Markle changed into a second wedding dress that didn’t drag 16 feet, like her ceremonial dress, while her new husband ditched his royal uniform for a regular, but stylish, tuxedo for the big reception. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first dance song revealed," 20 May 2018 But when Johnson was looking for a tuxedo for his recent senior prom, size became a serious issue. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "This future college footballer was too big for a regular tuxedo. So custom clothier Henry A. Davidsen made one for him | Elizabeth Wellington," 18 May 2018 Wall, who was wearing a yellow tuxedo vest, white button-up shirt and black pants during the event, took his 16-year-old sister to her high school prom earlier in the night, reports ABC11. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Black man choked, slammed to the ground at Waffle House after taking his sister to prom," 11 May 2018 These Derby hosts were named top in America After returning from The Kentucky Oaks, the band of men change into their tuxedos and head to the Highlands neighborhood for the illustrious Barnstable Brown party. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Why we see repeat celebrities like Joey Fatone at Derby each year," 3 May 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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