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

Examples of zoot suit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From fringy flapper dresses, to white zoot suits, to ornate headwear…a good time was indeed had by all. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Networking vital to business, says Katy Chamber vice president," 22 Mar. 2020 The place had been there for 91 years, selling everything from Catholic school uniforms to zoot suits. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Goodbye 2019, a strange year with good, but mostly bad, things for SF," 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, "‘Here in El Paso, we’re just a family’: City turns out for widower of Walmart massacre victim," 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, "El Paso massacre was just the latest in long line of anti-Latino violence in the U.S.," 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, "Zoot Suit Riots: After 75 years, L.A. looks back on a violent summer," 4 June 2018 The zoot suit-sporting pachucos of Chicano lore originated in El Paso. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "For Mexican Americans, El Paso is a beacon. That makes racist massacre more devastating," 7 Aug. 2019 Like the sentiments that drove the zoot suit riots of 1943, black and brown women are not allowed to indulge in overabundance. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Zoot suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoot%20suit. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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