waist·​coat | \ˈwe-skət, ˈwās(t)-ˌkōt \

Definition of waistcoat 

1 : an ornamental garment worn under a doublet

2 chiefly British : vest sense 1a

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waistcoated \ˈwās(t)-​ˌkō-​təd \ adjective

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Queen Letizia’s two-piece ensemble featured a tailored waistcoat with a high lapel. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia of Spain Suits Up for a Military Ceremony," 18 July 2018 Fans have posted pictures of themselves on social media in their waistcoats. New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 The 47-year-old in the natty waistcoat is the prodigal son, the underestimated man, whose story of redemption has inspired a nation. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Win or lose in the World Cup, England has a national hero in Coach Gareth Southgate," 11 July 2018 Southgate has worn his signature waistcoat throughout this tournament. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "England’s Hottest Fashion Item: Gareth Southgate’s Waistcoat," 9 July 2018 Men will often wear colored suits and blazers, pinstripe shirts, waistcoats and caps. Luke Smith, New York Times, "Maintaining the Traditions of Le Mans," 4 July 2018 Men are required to wear a full morning suit with waistcoat and either a black or grey top hat at all times. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 Today, the traditional shave and other services (still complete with complimentary shoe shine) are performed by barbers nattily attired in white shirt with monogrammed waistcoat and tie. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The morning coat is typically worn for daytime events, such as Meghan and Harry’s wedding, and consists of a tailored coat, striped trousers, turndown collar shirt, waistcoat, tie, and accessories like top hats and canes. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of waistcoat

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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