- 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.
Origin of tail coat
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for tail coat
And he tugged at my tail-coat like to rive it off me, your honour.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
He put on a turn-down collar, a black bow, and wore his Sunday tail-coat.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
If he ever lay in a cradle, it seems as if he must have lain there in a tail-coat.
Will you forgive me if I change my tail-coat for a smoking jacket?
You must not produce a veal cutlet from your tail-coat pocket.All Things Considered
G. K. Chesterton
- 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
- Also called: swallow-tailed coat another name for morning coat