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From French redingote, itself from English riding-coat.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛdɪŋɡəʊt/


redingote ‎(plural redingotes)

  1. (now historical) A long coat or greatcoat for men. [from 18th c.]
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Canongate 2006, p. 140:
      In the corner of certain drawing are to be seen Adam himself and his French assistant, Clérisseau, sketching away in their dashing tricornes and redingotes, very much as one might imagine the two young men in Così fan tutte.
    • 2001, Anthea Bell, translating WG Sebald, Austerlitz, Penguin 2011, p. 199:
      I came upon a darkly looming building, from the dungeon-like basement of which there emerged a caretaker called Bartoloměj Smečka, a veteran, it seemed, of long-lost campaigns, clad in a crumpled redingote and a flowered fancy waistcoat with a gold watch-chain draped over it […].
  2. A women's dress coat or long fitted coat with a flared skirt. [from 19th c.]
    • 1955, ‘Farewell with Fanfare’, Time, 25 Mar 1955:
      Mrs. Hobby, dressed in a brown and white silk redingote, blinked back tears as the President recalled their first meeting in London in 1942, when Oveta was commander of the WAAC (later the WAC).



From English riding-coat.



redingote f ‎(plural redingotes)

  1. frock coat

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