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 waistcoat (audio) \ adjective

Examples of waistcoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By opting for a solid waistcoat, one that we're typically used to seeing as part of a three-piece suit, Lipa put her own spin on the grandpa aesthetic that's been taking off. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 15 Apr. 2021 Not the puffers or fleeces, but a waistcoat plucked from Willy Wonka or The Wedding Singer, and shrunken into a Polly Pocket size. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 14 Apr. 2021 In addition to pieces made from luxurious silks, melton wool and satin there is a waistcoat and matching pair of pants in a crackled charcoal gray leather that evokes not the beach or the club, but his grandparents’ Chesterfield sofa. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 In one subplot, a gangster in a white waistcoat has ordered room service. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 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, 27 Apr. 2020 Recent seasons have seen the fashion world enthusiastically embrace the waistcoat. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, 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, 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, 18 June 2019

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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 25 Jun. 2021.

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