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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long riding coat with a small cape, worn by women in the 18th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garment made like a man's great coat, usually with a broad cape, and buttoning down the front, worn in the eighteenth century and later by women when riding on horseback and on occasions of similar exposure; sometimes, also, a similar garment worn by men.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt
  • n. leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
  • n. (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus

Etymologies

After Joseph, who left an outer garment in the hands of Potiphar's wife when he fled her attempt to seduce him (Genesis 39:12).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably in allusion to Joseph's coat of many colours in Genesis 37:3. (Wiktionary)

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