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

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

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  • 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

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

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).

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Probably in allusion to Joseph's coat of many colours in Genesis 37:3.

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