- (especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.
Origin of redcoat
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Examples from the Web for redcoat
He felt confident he could do so, if he could succeed in taking the redcoat by surprise.
The redcoat pickets had evidently retreated to the British encampment.
You were not hit by the bullet from the redcoat's musket, Dick?
And do you wonder I have hated the sight of a redcoat ever since?Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
“Scotchie” was barking fiercely as if he resented the sight of the redcoat.A Little Maid of Ticonderoga
Alice Turner Curtis
- (formerly) a British soldier
C16: from the colour of the uniform jacket
Word Origin and History for redcoat
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper