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[red-koht] /ˈrɛdˌkoʊt/
(especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.
Origin of redcoat
First recorded in 1510-20; red1 + coat Unabridged
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  • 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
  • You were not hit by the bullet from the redcoat's musket, Dick?

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • The redcoat pickets had evidently retreated to the British encampment.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • And do you wonder I have hated the sight of a redcoat ever since?

  • “Scotchie” was barking fiercely as if he resented the sight of the redcoat.

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga Alice Turner Curtis
  • O' course—no soldier—that is, no redcoat could read that furrin writin'.

    The Story of Nathan Hale Henry Fisk Carlton
  • "Likely the redcoat colonel has ordered 'em to stop shooting," said Paul.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • If they did not, Tom would likely be killed by a rock, the same as if he were a redcoat.

  • And all them redcoat fellers got was a dead horse and a horse with a water-breaker on him.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • An' she was good to the poor, but divii a bit av love did she have for a redcoat.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
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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