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Probably in allusion to Joseph's coat of many colours in Genesis 37:3.



joseph (plural josephs)

  1. (sometimes capitalised) A woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.
    • 1861, George Eliot, “Chapter 11”, in Silas Marner:
      Some women, I grant, would not appear to advantage seated on a pillion, and attired in a drab joseph and a drab beaver-bonnet . . . travelling on pillions in snowy weather was unpleasant, though a joseph was a great protection . . . these ladies were so taken by surprise at finding such a lovely face and figure in an out-of-the-way country place, that they began to feel some curiosity about the dress she would put on when she took off her joseph