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

Other Words from tailcoat

tailcoated \ ˈtāl-​ˌkō-​təd How to pronounce tailcoat (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tailcoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the GQ Style Guide published in 2010, the look comprises black tailcoat and trousers with a white shirt, white vest (generally of piqué cotton), and white bow tie. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 In society, a handsome man who talks well and has a good tailcoat can go anywhere. Brent Lang, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 That alien-priestess-goddess wears sharply tailored suiting, gilded cone bras that feel to be an homage to Jean Paul Gautlier, a long tailcoat in satin back faille, embroidered with the Apollo Fountain of Versailles. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Jan. 2022 At the time, members of the diplomatic corps — practically all men — were expected to own a cutaway tailcoat and striped trousers for formal receptions. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Her husband William wore breeches with his tailcoat and white tie. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 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, 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, 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, 4 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tailcoat

1847, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2022

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“Tailcoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailcoat. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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