- Also called dinner jacket. a man's jacket for semiformal evening dress, traditionally of black or dark-blue color and characteristically having satin or grosgrain facing on the lapels.
- the complete semiformal outfit, including this jacket, dark trousers, often with silk stripes down the sides, a bow tie, and usually a cummerbund.
Origin of tuxedo
Examples from the Web for tuxedo
A festival flack asked me to move, so that an Italian gentleman in a tuxedo could take my seat.James Franco Shot His New Movie at the Venice Film Festival and I Was in It
September 5, 2014
His tuxedo was an inch too short and smelled of fried chips.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
So, can the Canadian tuxedo be blamed for the Britney-Justin love downfall?Couples Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye
July 15, 2014
And Robert Cáceres, 32, says he lost $60 on a Vera Wang tuxedo he tried to buy on Craigslist.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
The tuxedo, Monáe explains, symbolizes control to her: “Superheroes wear the same thing every day, too.”In the Backseat With Janelle Monae: A Limo Ride with the Stylish R&B Diva
April 28, 2014
The Pote finished his dishwashing and joined us, pulling on an old Tuxedo jacket.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
You surely do not intend to wear your tuxedo and a black tie.
Tom tied a black bow around his collar and put on his tuxedo.
Ross had donned a Tuxedo and pinned a tiny, pink rose in his buttonhole.The Heart of Arethusa
Francis Barton Fox
Suppose you have had one of your old coats transformed into a Tuxedo.The Complete Bachelor
- the usual US and Canadian name for dinner jacket Often shortened to: tux
Word Origin and History for tuxedo
man's evening dress for semiformal occasions, 1889, named for Tuxedo Park, N.Y., site of a country club where it first was worn in 1886. The name is an attractive subject for elaborate speculation, e.g.:
The Wolf tribe in New York was called in scorn by other Algonquians tuksit: round foot, implying that they easily fell down in surrender. In their region thus came the names Tuxedo and Tuxedo Lake, which were acquired by the Griswold family in payment of a debt. There the family established the exclusive Tuxedo Club, and there in the late 1880s Griswold Lorillard first appeared in a dinner jacket without tails, a tuxedo. By a twist of slang, one may now refer to a man in a tuxedo as a 'wolf. [Joseph T. Shipley, "The Origins of English Words," 1984]
But in another version of the story, p'tuksit was the Algonquian word for "wolf," the animal, perhaps from the shape of its paws. The authoritative Bright, however, says the tribe's name probably is originally a place name, perhaps Munsee Delaware (Algonquian) p'tuck-sepo "crooked river." Short form tux is attested from 1922.