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redcoat

[red-koht]
noun
  1. (especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.
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Origin of redcoat

First recorded in 1510–20; red1 + coat
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Historical Examples of redcoat

  • He felt confident he could do so, if he could succeed in taking the redcoat by surprise.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • You were not hit by the bullet from the redcoat's musket, Dick?

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • The redcoat pickets had evidently retreated to the British encampment.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • And do you wonder I have hated the sight of a redcoat ever since?

  • “Scotchie” was barking fiercely as if he resented the sight of the redcoat.

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga

    Alice Turner Curtis


British Dictionary definitions for redcoat

redcoat

noun
  1. (formerly) a British soldier
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Word Origin for redcoat

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

n.

"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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