Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who wears a black coat: a common and familiar name for a clergyman, as redcoat is, in England, for a soldier.
- n. plural A name given to the German reiters, or mercenary troops, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from their black armor and dress.
- n. A member of the clergy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A clergyman; -- familiarly so called, as a soldier is sometimes called a
redcoator a bluecoat.
“The blackcoat, the parasite, the keeper of the laws,”
“One of the ministers, after a mile's running, taking all creatures for his foes, meeting with a soldier, fell on his knees, who, knowing nothing of the matter, asked the blackcoat what he meant.”
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