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Dictionary Definition

redcoat n : British soldier; so-called because of his red coat (especially during the American Revolution) [syn: lobsterback]

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  1. A British soldier, especially during the American Revolution.
  2. A member of the entertainment staff at Butlins holiday camps in the United Kingdom, who wear red blazers


Extensive Definition

Red coat or redcoat may refer to:
  • Red coat (British army), a soldier of the British Army from the historic uniform formerly worn by most regiments
  • Redcoats (Butlins), members of the entertainment staff at Butlins holiday camps in the United Kingdom
  • Georgia Redcoat Marching Band
  • A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who retain a distinctive scarlet ceremonial dress tunic official called a Red Serge, originally (1873) adopted in imitation of the British Army of that period
  • An elite soldier of the ZAFT forces from the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • Red coat (rowing), awarded to winners of premier titles at the New Zealand National Championships
  • "The Red Coat", a short story written by Herman Charles Bosman, originally in Afrikaans and later in English
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