from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A loose outer garment for a man or a woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An overcoat.
  • noun A lady's outer garment, -- of varying fashion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical A loose outer jacket, cloak, coat, overcoat, greatcoat, three-quarter coat.
  • noun A women’s fitted jacket.


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From French paletot.


  • Mirobolant strides about town of a summer afternoon, in outlandish attire reminiscent of Soyer's: his light green frock or paletot, his crimson velvet waistcoat with blue glass buttons, his pantalon

    Alexis Soyer and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

  • Every time that he passed the law-school, which rarely happened, he buttoned up his frock-coat, — the paletot had not yet been invented, — and took hygienic precautions.

    Les Miserables

  • But the father pulled back one of the little men by his paletot, gave a grim scowl, and walked away.

    Roundabout Papers

  • “Capting;” now he is offering a paletot to a huge giant who is going out in the rain.

    John Leech's Pictures of Life and Character

  • At this juncture Miss Clarissa Newboy enters in a pink paletot, trimmed with swansdown — looking like an angel — and we exchange glances of — what shall I say? — of sympathy on both parts, and consummate rapture on mine.

    Our Street

  • Huxter arose with great perturbation at this news, and plunged his stick into the pocket of his paletot, and seized his hat.

    The History of Pendennis

  • He was dressed in a bright Italian dressing-gown, or woollen paletot — Italian, as having been bought in Italy, though, doubtless, it had come from France — and on his feet he had green worked slippers, and on his head a brocaded cap.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • He saw the captain take from the pocket of his paletot a square box or packet, it might be jewels or only papers, and hand them to his companion, who popped them into his left-hand surtout pocket, and kept his hand there as if the freightage were specially valuable.

    Wylder's Hand

  • So she led him in by the arm to her tiny drawing-room; and he laid his hat and stick, and gray paletot, on her little marquetrie-table, and sat down, and looked languidly about him, with a sly smile, like a man amused.

    Wylder's Hand

  • Captain Lake put it in his paletot pocket, looked in her face gently, and smiled, and thanked her in his graceful way — and, in fact, left an enduring impression upon that impressible nature.

    Wylder's Hand


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  • "She was around fifty, garishly painted and dressed in the faded style of a older generation, in a worn silk paletot."

    The Thing about Thugs by Tabish Khair, p 195

    December 24, 2012