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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Michael Zegen, right, at the Emmys wore a tuxedo in a non-traditional blue velvet. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 Markle is wearing her Stella McCartney evening dress, while Prince Harry is in a tuxedo. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas Card Photo Is a Never-Before-Seen Shot From Their Wedding," 14 Dec. 2018 Patrick wore a bejeweled velvet mini dress with black strappy heels while Rodgers, 34, was dressed in a tuxedo. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers make red carpet debut at ESPYs," 19 July 2018 His father’s taxi company took out an ad featuring him in a tuxedo with an unidentified young woman by his side. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Thomas Hardiman was ‘most likely to succeed’ at Waltham High. He now may be a Supreme Court pick," 9 July 2018 Scan any black tie event, any gala, and there will be a woman channeling Marlene Dietrich in a tuxedo. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Miss America Gets to Dress Herself," 9 June 2018 Harry, who made a speech at the fundraising dinner, was dressed in a tuxedo and bow tie for the black-tie event and was wearing his platinum wedding band. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Makes First Appearance Since Returning From His Honeymoon with Meghan Markle," 7 June 2018 As is standard for Hollywood premieres of big movies, they were dressed in gowns and tuxedos and suits, all coiffed and made up to look their best on the red carpet. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Crazy Rich Asians cast was criticized for not wearing Asian designers to their premiere. That’s ridiculous.," 10 Aug. 2018 Like his wife, Drew had a costume change for the reception and wore a custom tuxedo by GotStyle. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 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

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 \
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes

Kids Definition of tuxedo

: a formal suit for a man

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