[ duhb-uhl-bres-tid ]

  1. (of a coat, jacket, etc.) overlapping sufficiently in front to allow for two rows of buttons.

  2. (of a suit) having a coat or jacket that so overlaps.

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Origin of double-breasted

First recorded in 1695–1700

Words Nearby double-breasted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use double-breasted in a sentence

  • Double breasted coats, for example, were eliminated and the Board urged the wearing of sack suits only.

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

    Quips and Quiddities | William Davenport Adams
  • Scrooge—Brown old-fashioned coat, tea colour breeches, double-breasted white waistcoat.

    A Christmas Carol | C. Z. Barnett
  • Mr. Fezziwig—Black coat, black breeches, double-breasted waistcoat, and striped stockings.

    A Christmas Carol | C. Z. Barnett
  • It was warm, and Klaus Heinrich was wearing white trousers with a double-breasted coat.

    Royal Highness | Thomas Mann

British Dictionary definitions for double-breasted


  1. (of a garment) having overlapping fronts such as to give a double thickness of cloth

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