zoot suit

[ zoot ]
/ zut /

noun

a man's suit with baggy, tight-cuffed, sometimes high-waisted trousers and an oversized jacket with exaggeratedly broad, padded shoulders and wide lapels, often worn with suspenders and a long watch chain and first popularized in the early 1940s.

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Origin of zoot suit

1940–45, Americanism; rhyming compound based on suit
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British Dictionary definitions for zoot suit

zoot suit
/ (zuːt) /

noun

slang a man's suit consisting of baggy trousers with very tapered bottoms and a long jacket with wide padded shoulders, popular esp in the US in the 1940s

Derived forms of zoot suit

zoot-suiter, noun

Word Origin for zoot suit

C20: of uncertain origin; perhaps an arbitrary rhyme on suit
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