[ wes-kuht, weyst-koht ]
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  1. Chiefly British. vest (def. 1).

  2. an 18th-century garment for women that is similar to a man's vest, usually worn with a riding habit.

  1. a man's body garment, often quilted and embroidered and having sleeves, worn under the doublet in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of waistcoat

First recorded in 1510–20; waist + coat

Other words from waistcoat

  • waist·coat·ed, adjective
  • un·der·waist·coat, noun

Words Nearby waistcoat

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How to use waistcoat in a sentence

  • I broke right into his story and seized the lapel of his waistcoat as though he were my dearest friend.

  • From his waistcoat pocket he took a little silver convex mirror and surveyed himself critically therein.

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  • Still kneeling, he drew from his waistcoat pocket a powerful lens contained in a washleather bag.

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  • Rapidly he removed his reefer and his waistcoat, folded them, and placed them neatly beside his overall.

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  • So I put on my life-saving waistcoat and blew it out; clapped my new gas-mask on my head and entered.

British Dictionary definitions for waistcoat


/ (ˈweɪsˌkəʊt) /

  1. a sleeveless waist-length garment with buttons at the front, often worn under a suit jacket: US, Canadian, and Austral name: vest

  2. a man's garment worn under a doublet in the 16th century

Derived forms of waistcoat

  • waistcoated, adjective

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