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tail coat

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noun
  1. a man's fitted coat, cut away over the hips and descending in a pair of tapering skirts behind, usually black and worn as part of full evening dress.
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Origin of tail coat

First recorded in 1840–50
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tail coat

noun
  1. Also called: tails a man's black coat having a horizontal cut over the hips and a tapering tail with a vertical slit up to the waist: worn as part of full evening dress
  2. Also called: swallow-tailed coat another name for morning coat
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