American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A knee-length cloak lined with brightly colored silk and often trimmed with fur that was worn by European men in the 18th century.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of short cloak much worn in the earlier part of the eighteenth century.
- n. obsolete a lined and trimmed cloak that reaches to the knees
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cloak reaching about to, or just below, the knees, worn in the 18th century.
- French (Wiktionary)
- After Antoine Gaston Jean Baptiste, Duc de Roquelaure (1656-1738), French marshal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Smirking, ignorant W. with lipstick in reply to a comment from roquelaure”
“His first duty had been to converse with Mrs. Clantantram, and that lady had found it impossible to elicit the slightest sympathy from him on the subject of her roquelaure.”
“His rights and dignities, however, were disregarded; his wig and cane and scarlet roquelaure were of no avail; Mrs. Sidebotham sided with the hero of the pestle and mortar; and Goldsmith flung out of the house in a passion.”
“He accordingly launched himself upon the town in style; hired a man-servant; replenished his wardrobe at considerable expense, and appeared in a professional wig and cane, purple silk small-clothes, and a scarlet roquelaure buttoned to the chin: a fantastic garb, as we should think at the present day, but not unsuited to the fashion of the times.”
“Presently he saw a gentleman, wrapped up in a roquelaure, alight and enter the inn, and in the next moment he heard the voice of the Marquis.”
“I wish the critics would settle, once for all, the costume of Aurora; at present she has clothes, fingers, feet, bosom, and hair, of as many colours as the roquelaure of Joseph.”
“As he made his way with some difficulty through the throng, he was aware that he brushed against a man in a great peruke, who, despite the heat of the house, was wrapped in an old roquelaure tawdrily laced; also that the man was keeping stealthy pace with him, and that when he at last reached his station the cloaked figure fell into place immediately behind him.”
“He wore a dark purple roquelaure riding-jacket, faced and lapelled with gold lace, through the open front of which shone a silver breastplate.”
“You will have enough of battles before Monmouth exchanges his riding-hat for a crown, and his laced roquelaure for the royal purple,' quoth Saxon.”
“Mamma swallowed as if a dry artichoke was in her throat, as she said, slowly, "Why, colonel, you know you had not worn that coat for months, and as you have another one, and a _roquelaure_, and the coat was full of moth-holes, I exchanged it with the peddler for cut glass and plate.”
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