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[sing-guh l-bres-tid] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˈbrɛs tɪd/
(of a coat, jacket, etc.) having a front closure directly in the center with only a narrow overlap secured by a single button or row of buttons.
(of a suit) having a jacket or coat of this type.
Compare double-breasted.
Origin of single-breasted
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was only one inconvenience in the single-breasted jacket.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • single-breasted waistcoats are smarter than double-breasted.

  • The overcoat has one outside and three inside pockets, and is single-breasted.

    The Dreamers John Kendrick Bangs
  • A short-waisted and single-breasted jacket usurped the place of the long-tailed coat, and became universal.

  • Even with the weight of the stuff, it was going to be a wrench to go back to single-breasted suits and plain white shirts.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • And the surtout, single-breasted, was thrown open gallantly; and in the second button-hole thereof was a moss-rose.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Undress: Short blue jacket with round collar, single-breasted—six buttons in front, and three on each cuff.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • The largest river in the world is the Amazon, named after the single-breasted suffragette of ancient times.

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • And the surtout, single-breasted, was thrown open gallantly; and in the second button-hole thereof was a moss rose.

British Dictionary definitions for single-breasted


(of a garment) having the fronts overlapping only slightly and with one row of fastenings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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