Definitions

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

  • n. A man's long double-breasted topcoat with full skirt.
  • n. A woman's full-length unlined coat or dress open down the front to show a dress or underdress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long plain double-breasted outside coat for women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A double-breasted outside coat with long plain skirts not cut away at the front.
  • n. A similar garment for women, worn either as a wrap or as part of the house dress, frequently cut away at the front.

Etymologies

French, alteration of English riding coat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French redingote, itself from English riding-coat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "redingote" with three capes which fell over his shoulders, a striped waistcoat, chamois-leather breeches and dark-red morocco short boots with a heart-shaped cleft, and a tassel at the top of the leg; he wore a white muslin neckerchief, a frill, lace cuffs, and two golden English

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  • The "redingote" for our riding-coat is at once a more familiar and more modern instance.]

    The Story of Rouen

  • Beneath the heavy fabric of her redingote, she clearly had a body made for seduction, too, with lush hips and lusher breasts.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • I helped him to dress in the manner of a sophisticated Frenchman of the day, with a silk top hat and a well-cut double-breasted redingote dove grey, with blue black buttons.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • In a moth-eaten redingote long out of style, he dictates to me his latest, an ode.

    Keats's Afterlife

  • France's government defends the honor of the French language; works to keep foreign words from replacing such pure French terms as biftek, redingote, and choucroute.

    TV News -- worse than I thought

  • No, I don't wear a redingote when typing, but I have worn clothing much like Flora and Udo's--stays and chemises, large hats and long skirts--and I've camped, ridden and done chores, in such clothing, too, which gave me a good perspective on how what you wear determines what actions you can do.

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  • I am envisioning you wearing a redingote while typing…

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  • Alexey Sergeitch invariably wore a grey ‘redingote,’ with three capes falling over his shoulders, a striped waistcoat, chamois-leather breeches, and high boots of dark red morocco, with heart-shaped scallops and tassels at the tops; he wore a white muslin cravat, a jabot, lace cuffs, and two gold English ‘turnip watches,’ one in each pocket of his waistcoat.

    A Desperate Character

  • Brocklebank had once cut, in redingote, choker and flowered gilet; and of how people had thought twice before summoning him, owing to his extreme youth.

    The Way Home

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