One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A British soldier.
- ‘The redcoats fell as they ran, musket fire and cannon booms sweeping out the men successfully.’
- ‘The buccaneer fought the King's soldiers for many a year until a large force of redcoats stormed his redoubt.’
- ‘Immediately, they were surrounded by redcoats.’
- ‘The redcoats stomped over the threshold, muskets out threateningly.’
- ‘This weekend, Fort Paull Visitor Centre and Armouries, near Hedon, will re-enact the skirmishes of 1780 with a full cast of cavalry, redcoats and naval gunners.’
2(in the UK) an organizer and entertainer at a Butlin's holiday camp.
- ‘‘There's an element of Butlins redcoat to Jeremy,’ says Edwards.’
- ‘But ironically the family's decision to opt for Majorca the following year had nothing to do with the quality of the redcoats ' entertainment or even the shared toilet blocks.’
- ‘At 16, Dunbar applied to become a Butlins redcoat but, instead, found a job as a part-time face-painter, working weekdays in the post office.’
- ‘But there are still redcoats organising singalongs and tea.’
- ‘The redcoats organise loads of play activities and evening entertainment.’
Early 16th century (in redcoat (sense 1 of the noun)): so named because of the colour of the uniform. redcoat (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the 1950s.
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