tail·​coat ˈtāl-ˌkōt How to pronounce tailcoat (audio)
: a coat with tails
especially : a man's full-dress coat with two long tapering skirts at the back
tailcoated adjective

Examples of tailcoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This type of hummingbird has a long beak that appears to examine flowers the way a doctor might examine a patient; further, the black crest and tails of the bird resemble the top hat and long tailcoats doctors once wore. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 For the latter track, Madonna sports a punky tailcoat by Findikoglu, inspired by an archival blazer that the singer wore for a performance in Japan back in the ’80s. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2023 Caius Folkerts, 12, was enthusiastically doing his first fitting of an Eton tailcoat. Emma Bubola, New York Times, 6 July 2023 Pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey, his black wool and mohair peak lapel tailcoat is worn with a matching double-breasted vest and trousers, a white shirt, and gray tie. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 19 June 2023 The dance’s energetic moments did have flecks swirling around the floor and clinging to Astaire’s tailcoat. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 25 May 2023 Dressed in a top hat and tailcoat, William and Kate — who wore a brown and white polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich paired with a hat featuring floral details on top by Sally-Ann Provan — rode in the first carriage that appeared at the top of the course and traveled along the famous track. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2022 Meanwhile, Charles donned a black tailcoat tuxedo and white bow tie for the diplomatic dinner. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2023 In the Royal Enclosure, that also means a top hat and a vest or waistcoat and tailcoat. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tailcoat was in 1847

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“Tailcoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailcoat. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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