Definitions

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

  • n. A heavy overcoat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy overcoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An overcoat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An overcoat; a topcoat.

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

  • n. a heavy coat worn over clothes in winter

Etymologies

great +‎ coat (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His greatcoat was a trifle heavy, and the length of it occasionally got in his way, but he was loath to abandon the perfectly good garment.

    Shameless

  • Her usual dress was a shift, with a whole sailroom of frills about the sleeves and bosom, and a heavy pink taffeta petticoat, (gowns being only worn by these fair ones as you put on a greatcoat, that is, when they go abroad,) and a small round apron like a flap of black silk.

    Tom Cringle's Log

  • Adams stood up and presented a figure to the gentleman which would have moved laughter in many; for his cassock had just again fallen down below his greatcoat, that is to say, it reached his knees, whereas the skirts of his greatcoat descended no lower than half-way down his thighs; but the gentleman's mirth gave way to his surprize at beholding such a personage in such a place.

    Joseph Andrews Vol 1

  • ~61~~ "I am afraid I have made rather an absurd mistake about that strange garment of yours, Lawless; I suppose it is some new kind of greatcoat, is it not?"

    Frank Fairlegh Scenes From The Life Of A Private Pupil

  • "Bill called a greatcoat-clad sergeant over to stand at the fifty-yard target backstop.

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  • In the two hundred mile forced march across Greece, he had discarded his blanket and greatcoat rather than leave his precious viola.

    The Theatre

  • One was male, dressed in a greatcoat over a buttoned-up vest and brown trousers.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • She was speaking to Snaff, Zojja, and Caithe, and judging by her short greatcoat, she was a person of importance.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • He reached beneath his tattered greatcoat and drew forth a cutlass that dripped with black ichor.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • “A bargain,” said Snaff, reaching beneath his greatcoat to grasp a bag on his belt.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

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  • He wore a fedora and greatcoat
    (Her cigarette swirls a grace note).
    The night and the fog part
    Of Bacall and Bogart
    Being noir on the deck of the late boat.

    April 13, 2014