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  1. a dress or lightweight coat, usually belted, open along the entire front to reveal a dress or petticoat worn underneath it.
  2. a coatdress with a contrasting gore in front.
  3. a long, double-breasted overcoat worn by men in the 18th century.
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Origin of redingote

1825–35; < French < English riding coat
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Examples from the Web for redingote

Historical Examples of redingote

  • Beside her chair she placed a redingote of his and sewing-material.

    In the Name of Liberty

    Owen Johnson

  • I have met an excellent French and English scholar, to whom it was quite a surprise to learn that redingote was riding-coat.

    English Past and Present

    Richard Chevenix Trench

  • The "redingote" for our riding-coat is at once a more familiar and more modern instance.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

  • The redingote or polonaise is very stylish and pretty, especially for a tall, rather slight person.

  • Then he hurriedly donned a redingote and appeared, flurried and distressed.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912

    Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone

British Dictionary definitions for redingote


  1. a woman's coat with a close-fitting top and a full skirt
  2. a man's or woman's full-skirted outer coat of the 18th and 19th centuries
  3. a woman's light dress or coat of the 18th century, with an open-fronted skirt, revealing a decorative underskirt
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Word Origin for redingote

C19: from French, from English riding coat
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Word Origin and History for redingote


"double-breasted outer coat with long plain skirts," also a similar garment for women, 1793, from French redingote (1725) from English riding coat (c.1500).

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