• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Gray-coated (Shak.) having a gray coat
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a gray one.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grǽg; allied to Ger. grau, and L. ravus, tawny.


In literature:

Sometimes the huge gray coats with large buttons and a gray topper are worn.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
She was wearing the gray-brown coat and gray-brown puttees of the English soldier.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
It had a gray coat, and a tapering muzzle like that of an opossum.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
He wore a ragged coat that was generally gray, but had white lines along the seams.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Wearily the gray-coated soldiers settled down to continue what they felt must be a useless defence.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Dorian Gray threw his hat and coat upon the table, and passed into the library.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
There he sat in his gray coat, like a statue cut in granite.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
Wearing his gray felt hat and his coat, the pursuers would mistake her for him.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
It consisted of a scarlet coat, a gray beaver hat, and high military boots.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The English robin is about half the size of ours, but has the same gray coat, and a somewhat redder breast.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot

In poetry:

'O Nelly Gray! O Nelly Gray!
Is this your love so warm?
The love that loves a scarlet coat
Should be a little more uniform.'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
Go you tell them
That we their servants, well-trained, gray-coated
And haired (both foot and horse) or in
The grave, them obey . . . obey them,
What commands?
"To The Lacedemonians" by Allen Tate
For an idle lad,
As he was, Jack had
No traits, after all, that were very bad.
He, was simply Jack,
With the coat on his back
Patched up in all colors from gray to black.
"Jack And Jill" by Clara Doty Bates
Aaron's self, the guardian gray
Of the faith, at last gives way,
Madness all his senses stealing;
Prances in his high priest's coat
Like a goat,--
Kettledrums and laughter pealing.
"The Golden Calf" by John Hay
When I get to heaven where tinkers may be seen,
I'll wear a yellow kerchief and a coat of velveteen,
And out beyond the shining streets I'll take the road again
With a little gray donkey and a girl out of Spain.
""When I was a Tall Lad"" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
"To please you, Elsie, I will lay keen Dynadel away,
And in its place will swing the scythe and mow your father's hay."
"Nay, but your gallant scarlet cloak my eyes can never bear;
A Vadmal coat, so plain and gray, is all that you must wear."
"King Volmer and Elsie" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Eighth-graders from three Eagle County schools are training for battle and blue coats will clash with gray in Minturn.
He was last seen wearing a two-tone gray coat, a T-shirt, a plaid shirt, blue jeans and gray tennis shoes.
Wolf, Wolf Scientists tested the DNA of these Yellowstone National Park wolf siblings for clues to their different coat colors: gray on the left, black on the right.
Go for gray blazers, snug ribbed knits, roomy trousers, and detailed coats, all beautifully complemented by cheeks and lips pinked by the autumn air.
His russet fur shows that he is a jungle puma (mountain pumas wear gray coats), but he wasn't born there.
Like a first coat of whitewash when it's wet, the thin gray mist lets everything show through: the black boy Balthazár, a fence, a horse, a foundered house.
Wearing his gray morning coat and striped trousers, Justice Department lawyer Malcolm Stewart was the very picture of Supreme Court propriety Monday as he sought to placate the frustrated Chief Justice John Roberts.
The coating comes in a blue-gray hue and is applied after heat-treating the glass.
I just got a really nice gray wool coat this is incredibly warm and stylish.