from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man's dress coat or suit coat with knee-length skirts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long double-breasted coat with long skirts, worn by men, now only on formal occasions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a body coat for men, usually double-breasted, the skirts not being in one piece with the body, but sewed on so as to be somewhat full.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body-coat, usually double-breasted and with a full skirt, worn by men: opposed to sack-coat, which has no skirt, and to cutaway, with short and tapering skirt. See coat, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man's coat having knee-length skirts front and back; worn in the 19th century


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