- n. Plural form of surtout.
“He follows the fashions of former days, adapting them to his present needs; he tips his hat on the back of his head, and wears shoes and thread stockings in summer; his long-tailed coats remind one of the well-known "surtouts" of the Empire; he has not yet abandoned his frilled shirts and his white waistcoats; he still plays with his”
““Two surtouts are a good thing,” murmured Fauchelevent, who really was”
“The little watering-place has returned to its primitive obscurity; and lions and lionesses, with their several jackals, blue surtouts, and bluer stockings, fiddlers and dancers, painters and amateurs, authors and critics, dispersed like pigeons by the demolition of a dovecot, have sought other scenes of amusement and rehearsal, and have deserted ST.”
“A local historian writing in 1853 remembered them as the motliest people in the world: the men wore everything from slouch hats, to short-waisted frocks, to swallowtailed dress coats, to double-breasted jackets, to surtouts, to bang-ups, to Spanish wrappers, to serapes, to bear skins when women started arriving in number, the men began to tone it up a little.”
“European costume; the sturdy police, with bandeliers and brown surtouts, keeping order, driving off the faithful from the railings of the Esplanade through which their Emperor was to pass, and only admitting (with a very unjust partiality, I thought) us Europeans into that reserved space.”
“No popish pretender! an insinuation so ill relished by the cavaliers, that they began to ply their horsewhips among the multitude, and were, in their turn, saluted with a discharge or volley of stones, dirt, and dead cats; in consequence of which some teeth were demolished, and many surtouts defiled.”
“Thin little old men in sober surtouts were reading the Russian papers.”
“Thus I stared at balmacaans and surtouts, dolmans and jerkins of paduasoy, matelasse, and a hundred other costly fabrics without ever going into the places that displayed them, or even stopping to examine them.”
“They have not thought it necessary that a place in which a hundred gentlemen in surtouts meet to discuss secular matters in this nineteenth century, should be made to resemble a chapel of the fifteenth.”
“They are furthermore adorned with a small quantity of broad black braid discreetly applied to their tight, long-skirted surtouts.”
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