tailcoat

noun
tail·​coat | \ ˈtāl-ˌkōt How to pronounce tailcoat (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tailcoated (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tailcoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her husband William wore breeches with his tailcoat and white tie. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Sparkles in Tiara For Queen Elizabeth's Magnificent Palace Party," 11 Dec. 2019 Men wear tailcoats and women are in long gowns as the party moves through several of the magnificent state rooms of the palace including the State Dining, the Blue Drawing and the White Drawing rooms. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Channels Fellow Royal Grace Kelly at Palace Party — See the Side-by-Side Pics!," 12 Dec. 2019 Men must wear traditional morning dress: a black or grey tailcoat, striped trousers, a waistcoat and a top hat, even when the temperatures soar. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2019 Tuxedo details Trump’s tuxedo consisted of five pieces: The black jacket (known as a tailcoat), a white shirt, a white tie, a white vest and black pants. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Analysis: What’s with Trump’s suits? Asking a tailor," 4 June 2019 Men must wear traditional morning dress: a black or grey tailcoat, striped trousers, a waistcoat and a top hat, even when the temperatures soar. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2019 Men must wear traditional morning dress: a black or grey tailcoat, striped trousers, a waistcoat and a top hat, even when the temperatures soar. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2019 The jacket, with matching pants, came to be known as a tuxedo in the U.S. after a prominent member of society in Tuxedo Park, New York, saw the prince in a short jacket rather than a tailcoat at a party in England in 1886. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 For its Fall 2018 collection, Sonia Rykiel gives the tailcoat a modern spin. Vogue, "5 Statement-Making Pieces to Buy This Fall," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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14 Jan 2020

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“Tailcoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailcoat. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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tailcoat

noun
How to pronounce tailcoat (audio)

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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