zoot suit

\ ˈzüt- How to pronounce zoot suit (audio) \

Definition of zoot suit

: a suit of extreme cut typically consisting of a thigh-length jacket with wide padded shoulders and peg pants with narrow cuffs

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Other Words from zoot suit

zoot-suiter \ ˈzüt-​ˌsü-​tər How to pronounce zoot-suiter (audio) \ noun

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LeBron James, the top pick that year, seems to have opted to rent a zoot suit for prom. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Evolution of N.B.A.-Draft Fashion," 26 June 2019 Surrounded by a battalion of male dancers, all dressed in 1920s garb, JLo piruotted in wide white pants and a sparkly corsette that later gave way to a white zoot suit and matching hat. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez & DJ Khaled Put on Dazzling Performance of 'Dinero' at the Billboard Music Awards," 20 May 2018 David Weathers sported a shiny silver zoot suit right out of the Roaring '20s. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Uecker Trip' dress-up theme the latest in great Brewers airplane attire," 18 June 2018 The zoot suit and wallet chain became the new mohawk and combat boots. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "In Defense of the Swing Revival: Why America Flipped for '40s Sounds in 1998," 29 May 2018 An ancient gentleman in a brown zoot suit that might have been purchased in that cut’s heyday stepped creakily out of a Cadillac. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Free Money at the Edge of the Tech Boom," 19 Oct. 2017 At the show’s end, the history of men’s suiting is reprised with versions that include a Savile Row standard, developments by Thom Browne and Yojhi Yamamoto, and an amazing -broad-shoulder zoot suit. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "MoMA Plunges Headfirst Into Fashion," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of zoot suit

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoot suit

reduplication of suit entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of zoot suit

: a type of suit for men that was worn in the 1940s and that consisted of a long jacket with wide shoulders and pants that were wide at the top and narrow at the bottom

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