1. Also called cutaway coat. a man's formal daytime coat having the front portion of the skirt cut away from the waist so as to curve or slope to the tails at the back.
  2. Movies, Television.
    1. a switch from one scene to another for showing simultaneous or related action, creating suspense, etc.
    2. Also called cutaway shot.a shot that abruptly introduces content, scenery, etc., away from the central action.
  3. an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.
  1. having a part cut away, as an outer section of something being illustrated so that the inside may be shown.

Origin of cutaway

First recorded in 1835–45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cut away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for cut-away coat


  1. a man's coat cut diagonally from the front waist to the back of the knees
    1. a drawing or model of a machine, engine, etc, in which part of the casing is omitted to reveal the workings
    2. (as modifier)a cutaway model
  2. films television a shot separate from the main action of a scene, to emphasize something or to show simultaneous events
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