Definition of coattail in English:



usually coattails
  • Each of the flaps formed by the lower back of a coat, especially a tailcoat.

    • ‘Vettriano has changed the chairs, restyled the diner's hair to reveal more of the nape of her neck and reshaped the men's coat-tails to show the wind licking at them.’
    • ‘The exotically-titled serjeant at arms - leader of the men who wear black coat-tails and tights, and responsible for security - could well fall on his sword.’
    • ‘He wears a top hat and coat-tails, and white spats on shoes the color of Alaskan hematite.’
    • ‘He hardly felt the little boy tug on his coat-tails as he limped through the snow.’