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[wes-kuh t, weyst-koht] /ˈwɛs kət, ˈweɪstˌkoʊt/
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.
Origin of waistcoat
1510-20; waist + coat
Related forms
waistcoated, adjective
underwaistcoat, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waistcoat
  • The opinions of this customs collector so far had been as predictable as his waistcoat buttons, if less interesting.
  • He had a red necktie and waistcoat, and a couple of his teeth were missing.
  • He must also be sure to ask for the wedding ring and the clergyman's fee, and put them in his own waistcoat pocket.
  • He is brilliantly dressed in a new fashionable frock-coat, with white waistcoat and grey trousers.
  • He uses vest, not in place of waistcoat, but in place of undershirt.
  • He often gave to beggars the waistcoat off his own back, and sometimes the cruets of his chapel.
  • Despite the warm weather he wore a jacket and waistcoat.
  • From beneath her waistcoat shone a stiff-fronted shirt of snowy white, with a stand-up collar two inches high.
  • And a gold watch-chain, across his camel-coloured waistcoat.
  • His waistcoat is held together by a single button across his distended stomach.
British Dictionary definitions for waistcoat


a sleeveless waist-length garment with buttons at the front, often worn under a suit jacket US, Canadian, and Austral name vest
a man's garment worn under a doublet in the 16th century
Derived Forms
waistcoated, adjective
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Word Origin and History for waistcoat

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

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