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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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 While Prince William opted for a traditional tailcoat, Kate matched the wedding party perfectly in a cobalt blue Catherine Walker & Co. coat, matching Emmy London shoes and a sweet floral headband by Juliette Botterill. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Stole Kate Middleton's Purse at Friend Sophie Carter's Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 Holes aside, the Duke of Sussex looked quite dapper in his tailcoat, vest, pinstripe pants, and sunglasses. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Attended a Wedding with a Hole in His Shoe and We Totally Missed It," 7 Aug. 2018 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 2018 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

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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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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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