[ red-koht ]

  1. (especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.

Origin of redcoat

First recorded in 1510–20; red1 + coat

Words Nearby redcoat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use redcoat in a sentence

  • But, wont the redcoat wonder why the cider isnt brought into the room and given to him there?

    The Dare Boys in Virginia | Stephen Angus Cox
  • Just as one of the aids was about to strike the colonel with his saber, a trooper came up and disabled the redcoat's arm.

  • The redcoat ducked but the Dubliner lifted him with a left hook, the body punch being a fine one.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • In particular, the book uses reconnoiter and reconnoitre, and both redcoat and red-coat.

    With the Swamp Fox | James Otis
  • No sooner was the redcoat lover gone awhile than, as Miss Chew declared, Darthea put off mourning for the absent.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker | S. Weir Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for redcoat


/ (ˈrɛdˌkəʊt) /

  1. (formerly) a British soldier

Origin of redcoat

C16: from the colour of the uniform jacket

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