zoot suit


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

Examples of zoot suit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, yes, the zoot suit and the pachuco style have roots in substantive racial histories. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Other big moments included being awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015 (as of this year, Uribe has joined the CFDA), attending the Met Gala in 2022 wearing one of Gypsy Sport’s many takes on the zoot suit and and being an apprentice for John Galliano. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Fortunately for Che haters, there appears to be some future respite from scenes about the inner turmoil of being asked to wear a zoot suit in your pilot. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2023 More: Be sure to check out the video of the 1940s zoot suit acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Steve Padilla, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2023 But the overall look has more of a zoot suit vibe about it, and Kristen was really drawn to that. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 May 2023 The relatively obscure band Blue Rondo à la Turk incorporated Afro-Cuban rhythms into their music and wore zoot suits that served as a callback to the L.A. Chicanos of the 1940s. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Mar. 2023 From the January 1980 issue of Car and Driver. Hi there, this is us in our automotive zoot suit. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2023 For several nights, the servicemen, mostly sailors, went looking for the zoot suiters, and at least once going after a Latino man who was not wearing a zoot suit. Patt Morrisoncolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


reduplication of suit entry 1

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zoot suit was in 1942

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“Zoot suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoot%20suit. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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