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[pal-i-toh, pal-toh]
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  1. any of various loose or fitted coats or jackets for men and women, especially a close-fitting jacket worn over a dress by women in the 19th century.
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Origin of paletot

1830–40; < French, Middle French, variant of paletoc < Middle English paltok a jacket, peasant's coat
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Historical Examples

  • He did not seem at all surprised to see Emma in her hat and paletot.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • He looked as if he had been out in the rain all night without a paletot.

    A Book of Ghosts

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • This fullness is owing to its being cut in a style like the paletot.

  • Play Macbeth in a paletot, perform Othello in "pegtops," and see what effect you will produce!

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Another walking dress consists of pelisse and paletot of Nankin cachmere, the former beautifully embroidered.

British Dictionary definitions for paletot


  1. a loose outer garment
  2. a woman's fitted coat often worn over a crinoline or bustle
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Word Origin

C19: from French
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