from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A garment formerly worn by men under a doublet.
- n. Chiefly British A short, sleeveless, collarless garment worn especially over a shirt and often under a suit jacket; a vest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short, sleeveless coat or garment for men, worn under the coat, extending no lower than the hips, and covering the waist; a vest.
- n. A garment occasionally worn by women as a part of fashionable costume.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of various garments.
- n. A garment without sleeves worn under a coat. They were formerly long, reaching sometimes to the thighs, and were made of rich and bright-colored material; now they are worn much shorter. They are generally single-breasted, but double-breasted waistcoats have been in fashion at different times.
- n. A garment worn by women in imitation of a man's waistcoat. Compare .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
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The waistcoat is important, see, because the colors denote certain ranks.
He had a tuft of white hair at the back of his dark head, like the cotton-tail of a rabbit, and as well as corduroy breeches he wore a rabbit-skin waistcoat, and he was a great nuisance to gamekeepers, who called him a poacher; whereas all he did was to let the rabbits out of the snares when it was kind to, and destroy the snares.
And this was the first and last time we ever saw Jack London arrayed in waistcoat and starched collar.
His eye is large and dark and dewy; he wears a tight little red satin waistcoat on his full
In less than two weeks he revealed a tight, glossy little bright red satin waistcoat and with it a certain youthful maturity such as one beholds in the wearer of a first dress suit.
That's because the company's Travel Vest - North American for 'waistcoat' - is "compatible with iPad", meaning it has an inner pocket large enough to accommodate Apple's 243 x 190 x
Marianne’s marriage to the man in the flannel waistcoat is dissatisfying because it undoes the reader’s nostalgia for uncomplicated sentimental resolution.
Not every man can wear a vest what the Brits call a waistcoat without looking like a riverboat gambler or John Foster Dulles.
His waistcoat is the most hideous shade of puce I have ever seen.
Others might see glory only through hexameters and pentameters; renown might await others only through boating or cricket; with him the colour of his coat and the cut of his waistcoat were the materials of fame.