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

Examples of waistcoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one subplot, a gangster in a white waistcoat has ordered room service. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: Savoring the Ramen Western," 8 May 2020 Most of the men wear tuxedos with silk waistcoats, though some are in military uniforms with chin-high collars and heavy medals arrayed across their chests. Stephen O’connor, Harper's Magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent seasons have seen the fashion world enthusiastically embrace the waistcoat. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, "The Very Queer, Extremely Relevant Power Of A Good Waistcoat," 17 Mar. 2020 Lister, with a top hat and waistcoat above her skirts, presents as very masculine, striding around Halifax managing her family’s estate. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "How ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Sees Power in Two Women in Love," 13 Feb. 2020 Men must wear traditional morning dress: a black or grey tailcoat, striped trousers, a waistcoat and a top hat, even when the temperatures soar. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2019 In fact, the wardrobes in the film inspired some of this year’s most talked about fashion trends (ever heard of a waistcoat?). Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "The Oscar-Winning Costumes From Little Women Are Being Reimagined," 14 Apr. 2020 Fashion axe beard salvia gastropub, unicorn trust fund readymade waistcoat. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "After Seattle Times alert flub inspires jokes on Reddit, Seattle musician creates hipster parody of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’," 21 Aug. 2019 Is the white pique waistcoat no longer the proper garment to wear with this suit? Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Stuck in the middle," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of waistcoat

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waistcoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waistcoat. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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