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.
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.
an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for cutaway

Historical Examples of cutaway

  • Mr. Jenkins, the grocer, rented a cutaway, and bought a new Panama to wear with it.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • This is shown in Fig. 50, in which, also, two of the cutaway parts are removed.

  • A cutaway harrow, run shallow, and a roller make the seed-bed.

  • I said that to myself, but I met him with a smile, and with a 'how d'ye do, Cutaway?'

    The Humors of Falconbridge

    Jonathan F. Kelley

  • Then the baker rushed into the room, in a cutaway Sunday coat of the latest style.

British Dictionary definitions for cutaway



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
films television a shot separate from the main action of a scene, to emphasize something or to show simultaneous events
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