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Bahuvrihi compound of red +‎ coat


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redcoat (plural redcoats)

  1. A British soldier, especially during the American Revolution.
    • 1896, A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad:
      The street sounds to the soldiers’ tread, / And out we troop to see: / A single redcoat turns his head, / He turns and looks at me.
    • 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
      He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
      And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
      When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
      A red-coat troop came marching—
      King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.
  2. A member of the entertainment staff at Butlin's holiday camps in the United Kingdom, who wear red blazers.
    • Mirror News 16 May 13. The series ran from 1980 until 1988, and won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Series in 1984. It was based on Perry’s experiences working as a Redcoat in Butlins.
  3. (slang) A fox.
    • 1947, Pennsylvania Game News (volumes 18-19, page 30)
      Hurriedly he made his way around one end of the pond to the spot where he had first sighted the redcoat.

Usage notes[edit]

The soldier and entertainment staff uses are sometimes capitalised.