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

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Abby wore a stunning gown by Galia Lahav while Dan looked dapper in a Hugo Boss tuxedo. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers Have the Most Romantic Love Stories," 29 Mar. 2019 There’s a scene in which young Rick, dressed in a tuxedo for the wedding of a drug kingpin (Jonathan Majors), is instructed by his father how to snap his cuffs—make the shirt cuffs show below the jacket sleeves. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘White Boy Rick’ Review: Trafficking Drugs, Guns and Info," 13 Sep. 2018 In the pics, Hadid pairs the top with high-waisted black tuxedo pants. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bella Hadid Wears Sheer Black Top in Sexy Instagram Series," 19 Apr. 2018 From simple, sleek box-pleats to intricate and formal tuxedo pleats, every type of drape has its own aesthetic appeal. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 Prince George is famously only allowed to wear shorts in public and Meghan Markle was reportedly banned from wearing a tuxedo during her upcoming trip to Australia. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Princess Charlotte Always Wears Dresses," 4 Aug. 2018 To make your Canadian tuxedo winter-ready, swap the open-toe heels for knee high-boots. Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 As for her denim tuxedo, Bella's take was a bit more appropriate for warmer weather than versions sported by other celebs who embraced the trend. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore Denim on Denim," 20 Oct. 2018 While Nick opted for an opulent navy tuxedo and bow tie, 36-year-old Priyanka sparkled in a black Ellie Saab Couture gown. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Their Tongues Out at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party," 25 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce tuxedo (audio) \
plural tuxedos or tuxedoes

Kids Definition of tuxedo

: a formal suit for a man

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