Definition of dinner jacket in English:

dinner jacket


  • A man's jacket without tails, typically black, worn with a bow tie for formal occasions in the evening.

    • ‘Cannington wore his favourite dinner jacket and black tie.’
    • ‘I was wearing a dinner jacket and bow tie I had purchased the day before from a charity shop in Eastbourne.’
    • ‘His hair was slicked back and he wore a white dinner jacket with a jet-black cummerbund.’
    • ‘And he started the tradition of wearing a black tie with the dinner jacket, instead of the tailcoat's white tie, another of Brummell's legacies.’
    • ‘Gingerly she rested her head on the lapel of his dinner jacket.’
    • ‘Come spring, you needed a date, a white dinner jacket and a corsage.’
    • ‘She couldn't understand the deflated feeling that filled her, but she did recognise the hysteria rising in her that made her grab the collar of his dinner jacket and stare into his eyes intensely.’
    • ‘I mean, you wouldn't wear a dinner jacket with jeans, would you…?’
    • ‘When I'm rehearsing I prefer to be in loose clothes, but for performances we have to wear tails and a dinner jacket.’
    • ‘Edwin looked incredibly handsome and impeccably dressed in a snazzy black suit with black dinner jacket, black shirt and pants, which contrasted nicely with his red curly hair and gray green eyes.’
    • ‘He pulled at the sleeves of his dinner jacket and readjusted his bow tie.’
    • ‘I discovered yesterday that I don't have access to a black dinner jacket, so am wearing a brown one.’
    • ‘James wore a dinner jacket and black silk bow tie, although he had adjusted it to hang around his neck so that he could undo his top-button.’
    • ‘It shows the former Poet Laureate sitting and writing, wearing a dinner jacket and a bow tie.’
    • ‘When the invitation says black ties or lounge suits, always invest in a dinner jacket and black tie for the occasion, as being the sole wearer of a lounge suit at an enormously posh occasion can be embarrassing, or construed as stingy by some.’
    • ‘He was wearing a white shirt under a black dinner jacket that offset his good looks considerably.’
    • ‘Jackson was not only late, but he was wearing a dinner jacket over what looked like a pair of pajama trousers, disheveled, seemingly confused, a man in distress.’
    • ‘He fingered the sleeves of his dinner jacket almost absent-mindedly.’
    • ‘Jim, for example, was wearing classic black trunks and a dinner jacket that showcased his chest quite nicely.’


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