[wes-kuh t, weyst-koht]


Chiefly British. vest(def 1).
an 18th-century garment for women that is similar to a man's vest, usually worn with a riding habit.
a man's body garment, often quilted and embroidered and having sleeves, worn under the doublet in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nearby words

  1. waist pack,
  2. waist-deep,
  3. waist-high,
  4. waistband,
  5. waistcloth,
  6. waistcoating,
  7. waisted,
  8. waistline,
  9. wait,
  10. wait a minute

Origin of waistcoat

First recorded in 1510–20; waist + coat

Related formswaist·coat·ed, adjectiveun·der·waist·coat, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for waistcoat



a sleeveless waist-length garment with buttons at the front, often worn under a suit jacketUS, Canadian, and Austral name: vest
a man's garment worn under a doublet in the 16th century
Derived Formswaistcoated, adjective

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Word Origin and History for waistcoat



1510s, from waist + coat (n.).

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