zoot suit

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zoot suit

A type of suit, popular among men in the 1930s and '40s, consisting of a long, broad jacket and wide-legged pants worn high on the waist, typically accompanied by a fedora or pork pie hat of a matching color. My friends and I decided to wear zoot suits to prom so we would stand out from everyone wearing normal tuxedoes. It's odd seeing pictures of my granddad tearing up the dance floor in his zoot suit as a young man.
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zoot suit

A man's ensemble for hipsters and other cool dudes. Popular during the 1930s and '40s, a zoot suit featured a long coat with wide lapels and padded shoulders and matching high-waisted, ballooning pants. Fancy shoes and a felt fedora hat completed the hipster “look.” “Zoot” was apparently a variation of the word “suit.”
See also: suit
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But on the mayor's insistence, officers moved to break up the situation--by sweeping up all the zoot-suiters they could find and all Mexican American youths on the streets.
In chapter two, gangsters give way to the largely Mexican American zoot-suiters.
In addition, there are essays by Reed Ueda on Chinese naturalization, Susan Hirsch on Black Pullman workers, and Edward Escobar on struggles between Chicano zoot-suiters and the Los Angeles police.
The zoot-suiters, meanwhile, had been hearing that GIs were accosting and molesting Mexican American girls.
In all, the zoot-suiters, the dance steps, the disappearing Douglass mark the distance from the manifesto-writers of 1943, Herndon and himself, to the novelist that Ellison had become.
He almost succeeds, especially when the jitterbug contest degenerates into an over-the-top brawl involving soldiers, sailors, and zoot-suiters.