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swallow-tailed coat

Origin of swallow-tailed coat
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So there he was, arrayed in jaunty cap, and a swallow-tailed coat with brass buttons.

  • The beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat were kept in the lead.

    Negro Tales Joseph Seamon Cotter
  • He wears a beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat, girdled with a sailor-belt and sheath-knife.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • I will stop here and get my beaver hat, white vest, and swallow-tailed coat.

    Negro Tales Joseph Seamon Cotter
  • He had on a swallow-tailed coat, but it did not fit him, so I conclude it was borrowed or hired for the occasion.

  • In very early boyhood, my Sunday suit was a swallow-tailed coat, and hat of the stove-pipe pattern.

    Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • The costume Patty had chosen was an old-fashioned dress-suit, with knee-breeches and swallow-tailed coat.

  • As Jack stepped into the open air he peeled off his swallow-tailed coat and threw it over Ted's arm.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
  • “Old Tongwana ought to have figured in a swallow-tailed coat and a top hat and a mútya” said Thornhill.

  • The Dwarf in his swallow-tailed coat and wearing a plug hat, and his face deeply furrowed with wrinkles.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for swallow-tailed coat

swallow-tailed coat

another name for tail coat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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