great·​coat ˈgrāt-ˌkōt How to pronounce greatcoat (audio)
: a heavy overcoat

Example Sentences

the men donned their greatcoats for the ride in the open carriage
Recent Examples on the Web The men were sporting tweets, Norfolk jackets and a camel hair greatcoat. Melanie Windridge, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The boys from Köpenick, the idiot with the army greatcoat who stabbed his own leg on a dare. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 The dictator threw on his greatcoat, saddled up his white steed and rode up the mountain’s slopes until man and beast were gazing into the caldera lake that glints at the summit, pure as the Korean race. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2019 In 2015, Michael Kors put his spin on the songbird’s favorite peasant dress silhouette, while at Chloé that same year, Clare Waight Keller dressed her models in greatcoats and skinny neck scarves that recalled some of her famous stage ensembles. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2018 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,, 19 June 2018 One hand holds the lapel of his greatcoat, the other arm extends full length, gesturing rhetorically. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, 29 Sep. 2017 Reed observed it on greatcoats, boots, floors, stairways. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, 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, 8 Jan. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1685, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greatcoat was circa 1685

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“Greatcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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great·​coat ˈgrāt-ˌkōt How to pronounce greatcoat (audio)
: a heavy overcoat
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