Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A man's suit popular during the early 1940s, characterized by full-legged, tight-cuffed trousers and a long coat with wide lapels and heavily padded, wide shoulders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outfit featuring a suit with broad shoulders, a long coat, and baggy trousers that taper to a tight fit at the ankles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flashy suit of extreme cut

Etymologies

Probably from an alteration of suit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Zoot may be a Cal├│ slang pronunciation of suit, thus making the term a tautology and reduplication. (Wiktionary)

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  • Briefly revived by David Bowie et al in the '70's.

    October 6, 2008

  • So THAT'S what a zoot suit is.

    October 6, 2008

  • zoot suit riot

    June 19, 2008

  • A suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed pegged trousers and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. This style of clothing was popularized by Hispanics, Italian Americans, African Americans, and Filipino Americans during the late 1930s and 1940s.

    June 19, 2008