[wes-kuht, 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.

1510–20; waist + coat

waistcoated, adjective
underwaistcoat, noun
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waistcoat (ˈweɪsˌkəʊt)
1.  US, Canadian, and Austral name: vest a sleeveless waist-length garment with buttons at the front, often worn under a suit jacket
2.  a man's garment worn under a doublet in the 16th century

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Example sentences
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.
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