a very thin stripe, especially in fabrics.
a pattern of such stripes.
a fabric or garment having such stripes.

Origin of pinstripe

First recorded in 1895–1900; pin + stripe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pin-stripe

Contemporary Examples of pin-stripe

Historical Examples of pin-stripe

  • Don Fergusson came slowly out of the store, buttoning his pin-stripe coat with dignity.

    The Hanging Stranger

    Philip K. Dick

British Dictionary definitions for pin-stripe


noun (in textiles)

  1. a very narrow stripe in fabric or the fabric itself, used esp for men's suits
  2. (as modifier)a pinstripe suit
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Word Origin and History for pin-stripe

1882, from pin (n.) + stripe (n.). Figurative of "executive" by 1958.

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