house·​coat | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkōt How to pronounce housecoat (audio) \

Definition of housecoat

: a woman's often long-skirted informal garment for wear around the house

Examples of housecoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first, a blue peignoir nightgown and pink housecoat, accompanied Maisel on her first stage appearance. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Two Dresses From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Are Coming to the Smithsonian," 17 Dec. 2019 The other object that particularly struck me in the exhibit was a gentler tool of enslavement, a stylish housecoat for a domestic servant on a Southern plantation. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Be curious. Be uncomfortable. Let yourself learn the history of slavery.," 23 Aug. 2019 Standing in front of an austere white church on a foggy morning, wearing a thrifted housecoat, looking straight ahead with a worried look on her face. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 There was just one old woman in a housecoat wheezing and hacking in the waiting room. Stephanie Green,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 Daniel, who calms himself by opening and closing bottle tops and other repetitive motions, came near her and started fiddling with the buttons on the bottom of her housecoat. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "An autistic Cottage Grove boy shocks his family — and charms the internet — by suddenly singing ‘Old Town Road’," 9 June 2019 In June 2017, a report documents Reinking jumping into a pool in a woman’s housecoat and threatening lifeguards. William Lee,, "Waffle House shooting, other incidents show burden of dealing with family member with mental illness," 3 May 2018 The pool director told the responding officer that a man in his 20s barged into the pool wearing a pink women's housecoat, the report states. Doug Criss, CNN, "The Waffle House shooting suspect had his guns taken away -- twice," 23 Apr. 2018 Its chief life lessons are: Never judge a granny by her housecoat; middle-aged parents are stupid but well-intentioned; and even Queen Elizabeth II occasionally passes wind. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Regressing in London With Meat Loaf and Adrian Mole," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of housecoat

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of housecoat was in 1913

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“Housecoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of housecoat

: an informal and often long and loose piece of clothing that is worn by a woman at home

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