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A man's greatcoat of a similar style to a frock coat.
- ‘He had a white beard and wore a black skull cap and a broad-cloth surtout, and was a most repulsive sight to see.’
- ‘As a young man he was a sight to see, coming up Regent Street in his blue surtout, military light blue trousers, and black stockings with red stripes.’
Late 17th century: from French, from sur ‘over’ + tout ‘everything’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.