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[tuhk-see-doh] /tʌkˈsi doʊ/
noun, plural tuxedos.
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.
1890-95, Americanism; short for Tuxedo coat, after country club at Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
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tuxedoed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tuxedo
  • One happy fellow wore a bridal skirt and a tuxedo jacket.
  • When the tuxedo went out of style, a friend brought me in a whole carload of them.
  • He has proudly claimed that he has never owned a tuxedo.
  • He changed into his tuxedo and walked downstairs for the reception, feeling awkward to be dressed up so early.
  • He took questions, fully clothed in a tuxedo, in the wedding hall's bridal suite.
  • Her singer husband tagged along for the evening in a smart tuxedo.
  • And you can put a tuxedo on the sport of boxing but it's still boxing.
British Dictionary definitions for tuxedo


noun (pl) -dos
the usual US and Canadian name for dinner jacket Often shortened to tux
Word Origin
C19: named after a country club in Tuxedo Park, New York
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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.

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tuxedo in Technology
database, networking
Cross-platform distributed transaction monitor middleware marketed by BEA systems. Tuxedo supports the production of scalable client-server applications and the coordination of transactions spanning heterogeneous databases, operating systems, and hardware.
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