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[duhb-uh l-bres-tid] /ˈdʌb əlˈbrɛs tɪd/
(of a coat, jacket, etc.) overlapping sufficiently in front to allow for two rows of buttons.
(of a suit) having a coat or jacket that so overlaps.
Compare single-breasted.
Origin of double-breasted
First recorded in 1695-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He's wearin' a double-breasted blue coat and a sort of yachtin' cap.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Within a week, he was wearing the double-breasted tunic of the Higher Life.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • Single-breasted waistcoats are smarter than double-breasted.

  • "Oh, with a double-breasted one, your Grace," was the reply.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
  • For winter wear there is nothing like the double-breasted body.

    Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
British Dictionary definitions for double-breasted


(of a garment) having overlapping fronts such as to give a double thickness of cloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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