Definitions

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

  • n. A lightweight overcoat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light overcoat.
  • n. A layer of paint applied after the undercoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outer coat; an overcoat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An upper coat, or overcoat.

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

  • n. a heavy coat worn over clothes in winter

Etymologies

From top + coat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In bed, he delivers his sermon in a whisper, formal like, as if wearing a topcoat.

    leading the blind

  • If you're interested in this season's ladylike clothes, try Jil Sander's tie jacket, Miu Miu's glamorous '40s-style topcoat or Thomas Tait's classic car coat.

    A Coat for all Occasions

  • Ideally, one would have a cover-up for every little occasion: a lined barn jacket for Saturday strolls, a tomboy topcoat for business lunches, a fur-trimmed cashmere number for fancy parties, a tomato-red swing coat for cocktails.

    A Coat for all Occasions

  • Q: I can't be bothered with a topcoat or a raincoat, which are too cumbersome for the car or when I'm on a short business trip on the plane.

    Dressing in Layers, But Staying Stylish

  • Fast Five: Men's Vests When the winter winds blow, sandwich a warming wool vest between a heavy sweater and a topcoat.

    Layering is Cake

  • Mrs. Eisenhower appeared first at the door, followed immediately by the president, dressed in a camel hair topcoat over tan slacks and a sport coat, and wearing a soft brown hat, which he removed to wave at the crowd.

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Nothing works better at getting ALL of the fur (Not just the topcoat) But, be prepared.

    Smart Solutions for Dealing with Dog Hair

  • Little did the district leaders know that a fl amboyant thirty-one-year-old miner in southern Illinois, a veteran of hunger marches on the nation's Capitol in Washington, DC, in 1894, would don a silk top hat, a Prince Albert topcoat, and an umbrella and declare himself "General" Alexander Bradley.

    Jeff Biggers: Mother Jones Is Still Calling Out Deadbeat Coal Barons (on Coal Miner's Day)

  • Nearby there's only a man slouching in a blue topcoat and tweed cap.

    Who Made Men Dance

  • The shatter polish is applied like a regular topcoat, but as it dries it splits and crackles for an urban, gritty effect.

    Pandora Young: The Next Evolution of Nail Polish: Texture

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