red·​coat | \ ˈred-ˌkōt How to pronounce redcoat (audio) \

Definition of redcoat

: a British soldier especially in America during the Revolutionary War

Examples of redcoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The slopes of Golden Gate Park were blanketed with drumming corps, students dressed as redcoats played war among the eucalypti, and beauties with long white gloves waved from convertibles bedecked with paper flowers. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2020 With memories of the redcoats still fresh in their minds, Americans who settled the region in the early 19th century preferred the name Mount Tacoma. National Geographic, 25 Sep. 2019 Betaal is set during British colonial rule in a remote village where a two-century old evil spirit, a British Indian army officer and his batallion of zombie redcoats are unleashed. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 July 2019 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 May 2016 The weekend’s stars are the Virginia militia, British Dragoons and Redcoats—all armed and dressed accordingly. Katie Jackson, Fox News, 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of redcoat

circa 1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of redcoat was circa 1605

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“Redcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of redcoat

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


red·​coat | \ ˈred-ˌkōt How to pronounce redcoat (audio) \

Kids Definition of redcoat

: a British soldier especially in America during the Revolutionary War


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