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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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  • Now, if a coal-mine could be put into one's waistcoat pocket—but it can't!

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.

    Little Daffydowndilly Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Craig, his coat and waistcoat off, his detachable cuffs on the floor, was burrowing into masses of huge law-books.

  • He took one, and placed it nonchalantly in his waistcoat pocket, as he had seen the others do.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Remembering his revolver, the boy reached down and drew it from within his waistcoat, where he had concealed it.

    Through Apache Lands R. H. Jayne
  • Levi had taken off his coat and waistcoat and was fanning himself with his hat.

  • A lambs wool vest, or a second waistcoat may be worn when shooting out-of-doors in cold weather.

  • What's that I see through the hole in your waistcoat pocket?

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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