- (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.
Origin of single-breasted
First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for single-breasted
A double-breasted suit is more formal than a single-breasted one.Herman Cain's Power Suit
November 4, 2011
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.Riding and Driving for Women
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)
- (of a garment) having the fronts overlapping only slightly and with one row of fastenings