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

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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 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

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First Known Use of waistcoat

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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