waistcoat

Definitions

  • "I took the locket from my waistcoat again."
    "I took the locket from my waistcoat again."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waistcoat a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Waistcoat A short, sleeveless coat or garment for men, worn under the coat, extending no lower than the hips, and covering the waist; a vest.☞ The waistcoat was a part of female attire as well as male . . . It was only when the waistcoat was worn without a gown or upper dress that it was considered the mark of a mad or profligate woman. Nares.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waistcoat A name of various garments. A body-garment for men, formerly worn under the doublet, and apparently intended to show through its slashes, or where it was left unbuttoned.
    • n waistcoat A garment without sleeves worn under a coat. They were formerly long, reaching sometimes to the thighs, and were made of rich and bright-colored material; now they are worn much shorter. They are generally single-breasted, but double-breasted waistcoats have been in fashion at different times.
    • n waistcoat A garment worn by women in imitation of a man's waistcoat. Compare .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waistcoat a short coat worn immediately under the coat, and fitting the waist tightly
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæxt, growth (Ice. vöxtr); conn, with wæstme, growth, weaxen, to grow.

Usage

In literature:

For ten minutes or more Ralph Fairfield remained, his fingers twitching at the buttons of his waistcoat.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
He laid hold of his great waistcoat with the palms of both hands and agitated it gently.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
The man in the rabbit-skin waistcoat, having arranged preliminaries, explained to Paul.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
His waistcoat was low, and from it protruded the front of a fluted shirt.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
As likely as not he will have on this very waistcoat before the week is out.
""George Washington's" Last Duel" by Thomas Nelson Page
Your papa hadna an old waistcoat in his possession.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Having glanced at it he closed the drawer, placed the note in his waistcoat pocket and sat down again at the table.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
He lay down upon it, on his waistcoat, his head stretching a little way in front, his legs a long way behind.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
If you have any gloves or waistcoats, send them along, please.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
As you say, I have stolen his boat, stolen his wine, stolen his fried potatoes, stolen his waistcoats.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
His huge cravat, with the triple collar of his shirt, and his velvet waistcoat and black coat, appeared to cramp him.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The triangular opening in front of the coat and waistcoat is, however, an absurdity.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
If so, lend me that waistcoat for five minutes.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
But it's so strange to see you without a bright waistcoat.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Your waistcoat's hanging quite loose.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
Then I saw his thumb and finger go into his waistcoat pocket.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
He wore a long black coat and a waistcoat that reached to his collar.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
What is your waistcoat made of?
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
He kept a sovereign loose in his waistcoat pocket, because that was where Raleigh carried his handy gold.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
The waistcoat was of white satin, richly and elegantly embroidered with gold, the buttons being of gold.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
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In poetry:

"Don't dig my waistcoat into holes -
Your mission is to sell the souls
Of human sheep and human kids
To that divine who highest bids.
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
An', gentlemen, ye'er welcome, too,
In waistcoats white and tartan too,
Gae seek a partner, mak' yere bow,
Syne dance our County Meeting.
"The County Meeting" by Carolina Oliphant
There was Old Man in a pew,
Whose waistcoat was spotted with blue;
But he tore it in pieces
To give to his nieces,
That cheerful Old Man in a pew.
"Limerick: There was Old Man in a pew" by Edward Lear
His wig was weel pouther'd and as gude as new,
His waistcoat was white, his coat it was blue;
He put on a ring, a sword, and cock'd hat,
And wha could refuse the laird wi' a' that?
"The Laird of Cockpen" by Carolina Oliphant
The words his simmering rage did spill
Passed o'er the child like breeze o'er corn;
Safer than bee whose dodging skill
And myriad eyes the hail-shower scorn,
The boy, absorbed in loving will,
Buttoned his father's waistcoat worn.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
Now this Owner, I must tell you, was a pious sort of bloke
That didn't know the way to smile and never cracked a joke:
He'd an "albert" on his waistcoat and a whisker on each cheek,
And his face was like a sea-boot or the wettest kind of week.
"The Figurehead" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

A Serbian special police officer guards "Boy in a Red Waistcoat" by Paul Cezanne in Belgrade.
Artist Jim Cotter part of 'Badges & Buttons, Waistcoats & Vests'.
It's unlikely that any of us have any extra pairs of knee breeches or a satin waistcoat stashed in the closet.
She started making historically accurate period clothing for her and husband for reenactments, and others started requesting dresses and waistcoats from her as well.
But are pajamas and waistcoats required.
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