redcoat

noun
red·​coat | \ˈred-ˌkōt \

Definition of redcoat 

: a British soldier especially in America during the Revolutionary War

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While the redcoats at Lexington Green came to clean out an entire armory, the Mexican army was sent to Gonzales, Texas, to retrieve just one small cannon lent for warding off Comanches. Steve Russell, Newsweek, "America and Guns: To Understand That Deadly Obsession, Come to Texas," 7 Dec. 2017 Stephens seems convinced that the Second Amendment is contingent; that is, that its meaning and relevance rely upon the continuing prevalence of redcoats. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Bret Stephens Indeed Does Not Understand the Second Amendment," 5 Oct. 2017 Fergus, Jamie’s nephew Ian, and the housekeeper Mary’s son Rabbie MacNab find a gun that belonged to Rabbie’s dead father and argue over who gets to shoot it first when the damn redcoats appear. Roxane Gay, Glamour, "Outlander Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: So Much Wanting and Not Much Having," 17 Sep. 2017 Ever since the Dutch arrived in Manhattan with their tools and trinkets, and the British followed not long after with redcoats and frigates, gentrification has been a fact of life in New York City. Matt A.v. Chaban, New York Times, "Three Artists in Three Manhattan Studios," 30 May 2016 The weekend’s stars are the Virginia militia, British Dragoons and Redcoats—all armed and dressed accordingly. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "6 Historic reenactments every American should see," 15 June 2017 But the war is not yet over — at least not until later this summer, when the rebels and redcoats meet in 1781's decisive Battle of Yorktown near the end of the AMC drama's fourth and final season. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "AMC's 'Turn' gears up for final Revolutionary battle," 14 June 2017 In the early hours of Sept. 28, 1778, several hundred British redcoats stealthily approached the village of Old Tappan, close to New Jersey’s border with New York. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "Redcoats and War Crimes," 19 May 2017 Smith changes costumes from Sons of Liberty garb, a blue wool coat with gold buttons that stands in stark contrast to the British redcoats, to a statesman's dress. Maggie Hendricks, USA TODAY, "How the cast of 'Hamilton' stays in shape," 29 June 2017

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circa 1605, in the meaning defined above

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redcoat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of redcoat

: a British soldier of the 18th and early 19th centuries and especially during the American Revolution

redcoat

noun
red·​coat | \ˈred-ˌkōt \

Kids Definition of redcoat

: a British soldier especially in America during the Revolutionary War

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