One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man's formal morning or evening coat, with a long skirt divided at the back into tails and cut away in front.
- ‘It consisted of a green tailcoat with golden buttons and decorations, a white shirt and black trousers.’
- ‘These tailcoats and top hats with over 5,000 sequins hand-glued are still an amazing sight to see on stage, even after rescuing them from 26 years of sitting in a shed!’
- ‘They progressed from the gaudy sateen of the Sun King's court to a stunning scene straight from Strauss's old Vienna for the wedding, with everyone dressed in white, off-the-shoulder ball gowns or elegant tie and black tailcoats.’
- ‘Swirling dresses, and powdered wigs adorned the ladies, and the men wore tailcoats of beautiful silk.’
- ‘For example, men's tailcoats for the 42nd Street production were pastel pink, blue and green, so we contrasted those with the classic formal black and white tails that the costumes are based on.’
- ‘As we turned the corner to the formal entrance to the Senate, university constables in tailcoats and top hats pulled back the heavy iron-railing gates to let us pass.’
- ‘Tugging at my neckcloth, I went to the washstand to be met in the mirror by a gangly figure in a threadbare tailcoat and homespun stockings more gray than white.’
- ‘Prince Alvin was wearing a brilliant black, velvet tailcoat and black britches that looked stunning with his golden crown.’
- ‘Wednesday, the ambassador's wife, formally dressed in top hat and tailcoat, was scheduled to ride a stallion named High Voltage in an international horse show.’
- ‘Hence he'd done what was expected from him as the grade, fraternity and school head boy - Akinori had dressed up in his black tailcoat with white lace shirt, shoes and tie, combed his ebony hair neatly.’
- ‘The men were elegant in dark tailcoats and white tie, the women dazzling in rich jewels and dresses, the colours of which seemed to span the entire spectrum of the rainbow.’
- ‘As the audience was plunged in red light, two Perspex doors lifted to let out rows of models kitted out in the form-fitting tailcoats and black leather ties which Lagerfeld has favoured since dramatically losing about 95 pounds.’
- ‘The benefits to the city could well continue long after the fashionable hats, toppers, tailcoats and cut-glass accents have gone back to more familiar haunts further south.’
- ‘Almost simultaneously a four-horse carriage appeared at the opposite end of the street driven by a short, fat man in a tailcoat.’
- ‘At the top of the stairs was another speaker with a pointy nose and impassive face, wearing a tailcoat and slacks.’
- ‘Dresses swished by, accompanied by long black tailcoats and the faint scent of perfume.’
- ‘They had seemed so masculine and imposing, with their crisp waistcoats, elegant tailcoats, and fancy neck cloths.’
- ‘His silk cravat suddenly felt as though it may choke him at any moment and his navy blue tailcoat seemed overbearing.’
- ‘Finally, while Tash and Marcia explored an interesting box of hats, the three boys appeared in front of them in the costumes of 19th century French counts; breeches, high-necked shirts and velvet tailcoats.’
- ‘A penniless Fred, still in striped pants, tailcoat, and spats, hops a freight for New York, with Pop in tow.’
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