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Tail coat   /teɪl koʊt/   Listen
Tail coat

Formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men.  Synonyms: dress suit, full dress, tailcoat, tails, white tie, white tie and tails.

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"Tail coat" Quotes from Famous Books

... never enjoyed a University education—and he did not pretend to be an authority on historical costume. Still, he felt safe in asserting that a Guy who, like himself, was compelled to represent their glorious Predecessor in an old tail coat, a pair of baggy tweed trousers, and a pot hat with a hole through the crown, did so under a cruel disadvantage. He had heard that, in former times, every Guy was sent out provided, as a matter of ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, November 5, 1892 • Various

... a self-revelation made manifest to the reader. The future historian, who spared no pains to be accurate, falls into the most extraordinary anachronisms in almost every chapter. Brutus in a bob-wig, Othello in a swallow-tail coat, could hardly be more incongruously equipped than some of his characters in the manner of thought, the phrases, the way of bearing themselves which belong to them in the tale, but never could have belonged to characters of our Revolutionary period. He goes so far in his carelessness as to mix ...
— The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)

Words linked to "Tail coat" :   eveningwear, tailcoat, swallowtail, formalwear, swallow-tailed coat, evening clothes, evening dress, morning coat

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