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A British soldier, especially one serving during the American Revolution.
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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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(esp. during the American Revolution) a British soldier.
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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 ?
So now, at last, the free town of Boston was guarded and overawed by redcoats as it had been in the days of old Sir Edmund Andros.
These British redcoats ought to have been driven back to their vessels the very moment they landed on Long Wharf."
Here Grandfather described the state of things which arose from the ill will that existed between the inhabitants and the redcoats. The old and sober part of the townspeople were very angry at the government for sending soldiers to overawe them.
'Redcoats or our own regiments?' the old man snapped, as though he were asking an equal.
There will rise a war - a war of eight thousand redcoats. From Pindi and Peshawur they will be drawn.
Do underlings order the goings of eight thousand redcoats -with guns?'
Georgy loved the redcoats, and his grandpapa told him how his father had been a famous soldier, and introduced him to many sergeants and others with Waterloo medals on their breasts, to whom the old grandfather pompously presented the child as the son of Captain Osborne of the --th, who died gloriously on the glorious eighteenth.
SPECTACLE: Gunfire rings out in the grounds of Braemar Castle as Redcoat and Jacobite re-enactors perform for an enthralled crowd
EASTENDERS star Lorraine Stanley expected to be wearing a redcoat instead of walking on a red carpet.
But Lorraine Stanley says she grew up thinking she could only aspire to being a Butlin's Redcoat.
He may not have been a Redcoat, but Ringo Starr was performing at Skegness when he got a call from John Lennon, asking whether he'd like to join the Beatles.
Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes gave the Redcoat uniform a new look in the late '80s and it was updated again by Jeff Banks in 2000.