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[bloo-koht] /ˈbluˌkoʊt/
a person who wears a coat or uniform that is blue.
a police officer.
a soldier in the U.S. Army in earlier times.
Origin of bluecoat
First recorded in 1585-95; blue + coat
Related forms
bluecoated, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is generally called the "bluecoat" Hospital, from the distinctive dress worn by the inmates.

    Winchester Sidney Heath
  • He tells me, too, how the famous Stillingfleete was a bluecoat boy.

  • The office boy, who had gone to summon a policeman, now returned with the bluecoat.

  • Tales of the bench and assizes and annals of the bluecoat school.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Yellows, a term of reproach applied to bluecoat and other charity school boys.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • When the firing ceased, there was no bluecoat left to give the order to retreat.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • Almost the last link now left of such dress is that in which a "bluecoat Boy" may still be seen.

  • The monastery buildings were converted into the bluecoat School.

    London Walter Besant
  • A bluecoat sprang forward, halted, and fell flat on his face.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
Slang definitions & phrases for bluecoat



A police officer: He told the damn bluecoat he'd punch him all over the corner (1870s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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