double-breasted [duhb-uh l-bres-tid] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. (of a coat, jacket, etc.) overlapping sufficiently in front to allow for two rows of buttons.
  2. (of a suit) having a coat or jacket that so overlaps.

Compare single-breasted. Origin of double-breasted First recorded in 1695–1700 Examples from the Web for double-breasted Contemporary Examples of double-breasted

  • Then she purred, “John, if you wear a double-breasted jacket, you must always keep it buttoned.”

    The Sexy Side of Maggie: How Thatcher Used Her Softer Quality

    Gail Sheehy

    January 11, 2012

  • Ministers of a certain persuasion often seem to have a predilection for double-breasted suits, as well as three-piece ones.

    Herman Cain’s Power Suit

    Robin Givhan

    November 4, 2011

  • A double-breasted suit is more formal than a single-breasted one.

    Herman Cain’s Power Suit

    Robin Givhan

    November 4, 2011

  • He would do well to expunge every double-breasted suit from his wardrobe.

    Herman Cain’s Power Suit

    Robin Givhan

    November 4, 2011

  • I would love to wear my double-breasted white linen suit to a party.

    Long Live the Seersucker

    David Ignatius

    July 18, 2009

  • Historical Examples of double-breasted

  • He’s wearin’ a double-breasted blue coat and a sort of yachtin’ cap.

    The House of Torchy

    Sewell Ford

  • Within a week, he was wearing the double-breasted tunic of the Higher Life.

    Tam O’ The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

  • Single-breasted waistcoats are smarter than double-breasted.

    Riding and Driving for Women

    Belle Beach

  • “Oh, with a double-breasted one, your Grace,” was the reply.

    Quips and Quiddities

    William Davenport Adams

  • For winter wear there is nothing like the double-breasted body.

    Riding for Ladies

    W. A. Kerr

  • British Dictionary definitions for double-breasted double-breasted adjective

    1. (of a garment) having overlapping fronts such as to give a double thickness of cloth
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