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red·coat

 (rĕd′kōt′)
n.
A British soldier, especially one serving during the American Revolution.
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redcoat

(ˈrɛdˌkəʊt)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a British soldier
2. (Military) (formerly) a British soldier
[C16: from the colour of the uniform jacket]
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red•coat

(ˈrɛdˌkoʊt)

n.
(esp. during the American Revolution) a British soldier.
[1510–20]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.redcoat - British soldierredcoat - British soldier; so-called because of his red coat (especially during the American Revolution)
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
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References in classic literature ?
The poor man thought he would try to better himself; so, pulling off his red coat, he became a gardener, and dug his ground well, and sowed turnips.
This latter adjuration was addressed to the serjeant, whom Barnaby judged from his red coat to be high in office, and able to seal Grip's destiny by a word.
I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well-- and, indeed, so I do still at my heart; and if a smart young colonel, with five or six thousand a year, should want one of my girls I shall not say nay to him; and I thought Colonel Forster looked very becoming the other night at Sir William's in his regimentals."
Once with the army you may be killed at your good pleasure; but until that time, I warn you that in my capacity of general of the army I shall order a retreat and turn my back on the first red coat we come across." De Guiche and Raoul glanced at each other, smiling.
On the opposite side of the road was a large sign-board on a high post, representing the head and shoulders of a gentleman with an apoplectic countenance, in a red coat with deep blue facings, and a touch of the same blue over his three-cornered hat, for a sky.
"At the first, I being then a little child, it is in my mind that he wore a red coat."
Would his joy and gladness see him in a coarse red coat with a little tail?
Now little James watched the red coats of the southern soldiers as, with bayonets gleaming in the sun, they wound through the glens.
He continued still waking in his chair, with his eyes fixed stedfastly on the door which led into the apartment of Mr Jones, till a violent thundering at his outward gate called him from his seat, and obliged him to open it; which he had no sooner done, than his kitchen was immediately full of gentlemen in red coats, who all rushed upon him in as tumultuous a manner as if they intended to take his little castle by storm.
The ball was only just beginning as Kitty and her mother walked up the great staircase, flooded with light, and lined with flowers and footmen in powder and red coats. From the rooms came a constant, steady hum, as from a hive, and the rustle of movement; and while on the landing between trees they gave last touches to their hair and dresses before the mirror, they heard from the ballroom the careful, distinct notes of the fiddles of the orchestra beginning the first waltz.
The pride of life seemed to mount into my brain at the sight of the red coats and the hearing of that merry music.
But there was a spirit in their bosoms which is more essential to soldiership than to wear red coats and march in stately ranks to the sound of regular music.