redcoat

redcoat

[red-koht]
noun
(especially during the American Revolution) a British soldier.

Origin:
1510–20; red1 + coat

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redcoat (ˈrɛdˌkəʊt)
 
n
(formerly) a British soldier
 
[C16: from the colour of the uniform jacket]

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redcoat
"British soldier," 1520, from red (1) + coat. Especially of Cromwellian troops in the English Civil War.
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