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

  • n. A man's black coat worn for formal daytime occasions and having a long rounded and split tail. Also called swallowtail, swallow-tailed coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formal evening jacket with an extended back panel; a dress coat.
  • n. Any coat with similar tails.

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

  • n. formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men


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  • If the formal meeting is at a campo de golfo then I probably don't need my tailcoat or dinner jacket.

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