A light, collared, usually short-sleeved shirt having buttons and pleats down the front and often large pockets, and typically worn outside the pants.
A man's loosefitting, usually white shirt customarily worn hanging free outside the trousers: it is especially popular in Latin America.
Origin of guayabera
- American Spanish perhaps from Spanish guayaba guava (from the fact that the pockets are suitable for holding guavas) guava or alteration of (camisa) yayabera (shirt) in the Yayabo River style (after the Yayabo River in central Cuba)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Spanish guayabera.