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

Other Words from zoot suit

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

Examples of zoot suit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But before there were cholos and cholas, there were zoot suit-wearing pachucos and pachucas. Thalía Henao, Allure, 3 May 2022 Lee told Vogue red-carpet livestream cohost Ilana Glazer that her look meant to channel the zoot suit, voluminous menswear suiting that originated in Harlem in the mid-1930s. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2021 From fringy flapper dresses, to white zoot suits, to ornate headwear…a good time was indeed had by all. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2020 The place had been there for 91 years, selling everything from Catholic school uniforms to zoot suits. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, 28 Dec. 2019 The crowd wrapped around the funeral home was a cross section of El Paso — a mostly Hispanic group, young and old, dressed in suits and dresses, blue jeans and work shirts, zoot suits, motorcycle club colors, and military dress uniforms. Robert Moore, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2019 Soldiers, sailors and Marines who roamed the streets of Los Angeles on June 7, 1943, looking for Mexicans in zoot suits, stopped this streetcar during their search. Paloma Esquivelstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2019 On June 7, 1943, The Times printed a lengthy article saying that young people in zoot suits seemed to be avoiding the streets at night. Marisa Gerber, latimes.com, 4 June 2018 The zoot suit-sporting pachucos of Chicano lore originated in El Paso. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of zoot suit

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoot suit

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“Zoot suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoot%20suit. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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