tailcoat

noun
tail·coat | \ˈtāl-ˌkōt \

Definition of tailcoat 

: a coat with tails especially : a man's full-dress coat with two long tapering skirts at the back

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Other Words from tailcoat

tailcoated \ˈtāl-ˌkō-təd \ adjective

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Harry, 33, looked dapper in his traditional tailcoat and top hat. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut — in a Carriage Fit for a Princess!," 19 June 2018 Men’s and women’s looks referenced the tailcoat and top hat traditionally worn by that circus performer. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 For women that meant tailcoat bodysuits worn with fishnet stockings and and for men that meant tuxedos with cutaway jackets accessorized with floppy bow ties. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Men came dressed in tailcoats and top hats, while women paired fascinators with colorful dresses. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Saved a Countess from Falling Out of a Carriage," 22 June 2017 There, men were required to wear an ascot tie with a tailcoat jacket. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018 Your synapses will be safe again when the British mentalist Derren Brown hangs up his tailcoat and blindfold. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 22 June 2017 Your synapses will be safe once again when the British mentalist Derren Brown hangs up his tailcoat and blindfold. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 15 June 2017 Men came dressed in tailcoats and top hats, while women paired fascinators with colorful dresses. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Saved a Countess from Falling Out of a Carriage," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of tailcoat

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tailcoat was in 1847

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tailcoat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tailcoat

: a formal jacket that is worn by a man and that has a short front and a long back which divides into two pieces

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