pinstripe

[ pin-strahyp ]
/ ˈpɪnˌstraɪp /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pinscher,
  2. pinsent,
  3. pinsetter,
  4. pinsk,
  5. pinspotter,
  6. pinstriped,
  7. pinstriping,
  8. pinswell,
  9. pint,
  10. pint-size

Origin of pinstripe

First recorded in 1895–1900; pin + stripe1

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British Dictionary definitions for pin-stripe

pinstripe

/ (ˈpɪnˌstraɪp) /

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

pin-stripe

adj.

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

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