One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A loose coat, cloak, or other outer garment. Now chiefly historical.
2A fitted jacket worn by women. Now usually more fully "paletot jacket".
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Burns (1759–1796), poet. From French paletot, † palletot kind of waistcoat, jacket worn by women or girls, overcoat, alteration of Middle French, French † palletoc.
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