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waistcoat

[wes-kuh t, weyst-koht] /ˈwɛs kət, ˈweɪstˌkoʊt/
noun
1.
Chiefly British. vest (def 1).
2.
an 18th-century garment for women that is similar to a man's vest, usually worn with a riding habit.
3.
a man's body garment, often quilted and embroidered and having sleeves, worn under the doublet in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of waistcoat
1510-1520
First recorded in 1510-20; waist + coat
Related forms
waistcoated, adjective
underwaistcoat, noun
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  • He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.

    Little Daffydowndilly Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He took one, and placed it nonchalantly in his waistcoat pocket, as he had seen the others do.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Levi had taken off his coat and waistcoat and was fanning himself with his hat.

  • He will prolong your life and loosen every button on your waistcoat.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • What's that I see through the hole in your waistcoat pocket?

  • His waistcoat was red, and he wore knee-breeches, but his aspect was flustered.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Then he shut the door; and I tore my watch from the pocket of my waistcoat.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He drew the dispatch from the inside pocket of his waistcoat.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for waistcoat

waistcoat

/ˈweɪsˌkəʊt/
noun
1.
a sleeveless waist-length garment with buttons at the front, often worn under a suit jacket US, Canadian, and Austral name vest
2.
a man's garment worn under a doublet in the 16th century
Derived Forms
waistcoated, adjective
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Word Origin and History for waistcoat
n.

1510s, from waist + coat (n.).

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