waistcoat

noun
waist·​coat | \ ˈwe-skət How to pronounce waistcoat (audio) , ˈwās(t)-ˌkōt How to pronounce waistcoat (audio) \

Definition of waistcoat

1 : an ornamental garment worn under a doublet
2 chiefly British : vest sense 1a

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Other Words from waistcoat

waistcoated \ ˈwās(t)-​ˌkō-​təd How to pronounce waistcoated (audio) \ adjective

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Men at Royal Ascot are required to wear a waistcoat and tie, black shoes and a black or grey top hat, and women have even more old-fashioned guidelines. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk adds Royal Ascot horse racing to increasing list of NBC duties," 11 June 2019 The waiters were wearing waistcoats and gloves, like lawn jockeys come to life. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 Whatever grievances smoldered in his breast were damped down, and kept in check, by a stiff white waistcoat. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 Over the last two days, in England, fans were encouraged to go to work on Wednesday wearing waistcoats in honor of the team’s manager, Gareth Southgate. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Four Countries. Two Games. One Goal.," 12 July 2018 Yet the waistcoat is still generally seen as a niche men’s wear item. New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of waistcoat

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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