great·​coat | \ˈgrāt-ˌkōt \

Definition of greatcoat 

: a heavy overcoat

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Synonyms for greatcoat


overcoat, surcoat, topcoat

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Examples of greatcoat in a Sentence

the men donned their greatcoats for the ride in the open carriage

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TheaterWorks honcho Rob Ruggiero, who has directed regularly at Goodspeed for around a decade now, helms this tricky show, which requires highly skilled character actors, a large group of unruly children and a wardrobe of greatcoats and top hats. Christopher Arnott,, "Goodspeed To Stage Dickens' Tale Of Downtrodden 'Oliver Twist'," 19 June 2018 One hand holds the lapel of his greatcoat, the other arm extends full length, gesturing rhetorically. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017 Reed observed it on greatcoats, boots, floors, stairways. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017 Public Security officials and groups of unidentified men in olive-green greatcoats brusquely turned away visitors and blocked road access to the site of the statue, outside the village of Zhushigang. Didi Kirsten Tatlow, New York Times, "Golden Mao Statue in China, Nearly Finished, Is Brought Down by Criticism," 8 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of greatcoat

circa 1685, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of greatcoat was circa 1685

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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