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nounEnglish Regional, North Midland, Scottish, Northern
1A long coat; a greatcoat.
2A long garment worn by children; (also) a long garment traditionally worn by a jester, court fool, etc. Frequently in plural Compare longcoat. Now historical and rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From side + coat.
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