(especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.

Origin of redcoat

First recorded in 1510–20; red1 + coat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(formerly) a British soldier

Word Origin for redcoat

C16: from the colour of the uniform jacket
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Word Origin and History for redcoat

"British soldier," 1510s, from red (adj.1) + coat (n.). In Britain, especially of Cromwellian troops in the English Civil War; in the U.S., of British soldiers in the American Revolution.

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