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[greyt-koht] /ˈgreɪtˌkoʊt/
noun, Chiefly British.
a heavy overcoat.
Origin of greatcoat
1655-65; great + coat
Related forms
greatcoated, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was barely allowed time to take off his greatcoat, and, as he did so, he felt almost disinclined to part with so good a friend.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • About the greatcoat he did not tell them, for he could not have spoken of it without tears.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • On another chair close by lay his greatcoat and fur cap, and his yellow gloves were in his cap.

    Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski
  • He had a new and fashionable Moscow greatcoat on, and smelt of scent.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • Jermyn seated himself in silence, opened his greatcoat, and took some papers from a side pocket.

  • I stopped, and lo the man of the greatcoat and glazed hat stood by my side.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • His hands trembled so that he could not even unbutton his greatcoat.

  • He tucked her hand into his greatcoat pocket, and held it there.

    Old Valentines Munson Aldrich Havens
British Dictionary definitions for greatcoat


a heavy overcoat, now worn esp by men in the armed forces
Derived Forms
greatcoated, adjective
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Word Origin and History for greatcoat

"large, heavy overcoat," 1660s, from great + coat (n.).

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