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[red-koht] /ˈrɛdˌkoʊt/
(especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.
Origin of redcoat
1510-20; red1 + coat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The yard was a confusion of struggling men, with a redcoat or a bayonet isolated here and there.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • “Scotchie” was barking fiercely as if he resented the sight of the redcoat.

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga Alice Turner Curtis
  • The first redcoat I met directed me to the inn where the Duke had his headquarters, and I was presently admitted to a hearing.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • You were not hit by the bullet from the redcoat's musket, Dick?

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • We've downed one redcoat in fair light; what more do ye want, bad luck to ye?

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • The redcoat pickets had evidently retreated to the British encampment.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • redcoat held up his right wing and sure enough there was a little stick projecting from both sides close up to the shoulder.

  • He felt confident he could do so, if he could succeed in taking the redcoat by surprise.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • We've just got our nest half built, and I don't know what I shall do if anything happens to redcoat.

  • And do you wonder I have hated the sight of a redcoat ever since?

British Dictionary definitions for redcoat


(formerly) a British soldier
Word Origin
C16: from the colour of the uniform jacket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for redcoat

"British soldier," 1510s, from red (adj.1) + coat (n.). In Britain, especially of Cromwellian troops in the English Civil War; in the U.S., of British soldiers in the American Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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