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A light, collared, usually short-sleeved shirt having buttons and pleats down the front and often large pockets, and typically worn outside the pants.

[American Spanish, perhaps from Spanish guayaba, guava (from the fact that the pockets are suitable for holding guavas); see guava, or alteration of (camisa) yayabera, (shirt) in the Yayabo River style (after the Yayabo River in central Cuba).]
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(Clothing & Fashion) an embroidered men's shirt worn in Latin America and the West Indies
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(ˌgwaɪ əˈbɛr ə)

n., pl. -be•ras.
a sport shirt or lightweight jacket, often with several large pockets, modeled upon a smocklike shirt orig. worn in Cuba.
[1945–50; < American Spanish]
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I wore what could possibly pass for Cuba's traditional guayabera (which is similar to our cotton/linen polo barong) matched with a pair of blue checkered pants which, to my surprise, was a coordinated outfit with that of GM Emelyn's ensemble that night.
A couple days later, sun-blackened Keys flats guides, clannish and a bit disrespectful of us "toothless locals," as I once heard one of them call us, started showing up at the Yardarm Lounge, the riverside bar overlooking the marina where a lot of us docked our boats, wearing guayabera shirts, weird hats with bills on the back as well as the front and gold neck chains.
Some of the young men wore bright-colored shorts paired with guayabera shirts or printed short-sleeved casual button-downs, like well-dressed holiday revelers in a fancy resort town.
(In fact, very near the end of the book we find Spenser escaping a close call and thinking "I'd hoped these guys didn't plan ambushes like Branch Rickey planned ballgames.") One character appears dressed in a "light blue guayabera, his white hair loose and scattered as always, with some black reading glasses down on his nose.' There is also a lot about food.
According to the authoritative GQ (Gentleman's Quarterly) the Barong inspired the Guayabera. "The shirt [guayabera] originated in the Philippines, where it was called a barong tagalog and was the uniform of the natives who served the Spanish ruling class.
It presents the biker jacket, chinos, guayabera shirts and kaffiyeh head scarves, including a new prototype, by the Beirut-based architect Salim Al-Kadi, in bullet-deflecting Kevlar.
Tall, bald, distinguished --and wearing a guayabera shirt in a sea of business attire --Rene de Jesus Gomez Manzano, a defense lawyer and famous Cuban dissident, accepted a resolution from the International Law Section honoring his work to advance freedom and human rights in Cuba.
Castro, wearing a traditional white shirt called a guayabera and occasionally gesturing for emphasis, referred repeatedly to Obama, praising him personally while also emphasizing that with the process of real diplomacy just beginning, "the only way to advance is with mutual respect.''