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monkey suit

noun, Slang.
a tuxedo or full-dress suit.
any uniform.
Origin of monkey suit
First recorded in 1885-90; See origin at monkey jacket Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for monkey suit
Historical Examples
  • At that it's better'n being a man in a monkey suit, with nothing to do but impress the passengers and order around the crew.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • Mrs. Gooch had only to thrust her hand into the little pocket of his monkey suit to convict him on the spot.

    Chantry House Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for monkey suit

monkey suit

(US, slang) a man's evening dress
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Contemporary definitions for monkey suit

a man's formal evening suit or dress; tuxedo's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for monkey suit

monkey suit

noun phrase

A fancy uniform or formal suit; tight uniform: Neither of my two hats went well with the monkey suit (1886+)


A baseball uniform (1929+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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