turncoat

noun turn·coat \ -ˌkōt \

Definition of turncoat

: one who switches to an opposing side or party; specifically : traitor

Examples of turncoat in a Sentence

  1. the plot of the story revolved around the gangster's relentless determination to learn the identity of the turncoat

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First Known Use of turncoat

1557


TURNCOAT Defined for English Language Learners

turncoat

noun

Definition of turncoat for English Language Learners

  • : a person who stops being a member of a group in order to join another group that opposes it



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