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Encyclopedia > Coat (clothing)
Double-breasted coat, 1876
For other meanings than clothing, see Coat (Disambiguation)

A coat (a term frequently interchangeable with jacket) is an outer garment worn by both men and women, for warmth and/ or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of these. Image File history File links Major-General_The_Hon. ... Image File history File links Major-General_The_Hon. ... Double-breasted pea coat In clothing, double-breasted refers to a coat or jacket or similar garment having a wide overlap in the front with two parallel rows of buttons. ... Coat can refer to any one of the following: The fur coat of a mammal. ... // Girls wearing formal attire for dancing, an example of one of the many modern forms of clothing. ... Heat (abbreviated Q, also called heat change) is the transfer of thermal energy between two bodies which are at different temperatures. ... Fashion illustration by George Barbier of a gown by Jeanne Paquin, 1912, from La Gazette du bon ton, the most influential fashion magazine of its era. ... Sleeve (O. Eng. ... A small flat button Metal, plastic, and leather shank buttons. ... Zipper slider brings together the two sides A zipper (British English: zip fastener or zip) is a popular device for temporarily joining two edges of fabric. ... Velcro: hooks (left) and loops (right). ... A belt is a flexible band, typically made of leather or heavy cloth, and worn around the waist. ...


The term jacket is reserved for a hip-length or shorter garment, while coat can be used for a garment of any length. Look up jacket in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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History of the coat

Coat is one of the earliest clothing category words in English, attested as far back as the early Middle Ages. (See also Clothing terminology.) The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Clothing terminology comprises the names of individual garments and classes of garments, as well as the specialized vocabularies of the trades that have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold clothing over hundreds of years. ...


An early use of coat in English is coat of mail, a tunic-like garment of metal rings, usually knee- or mid-calf length. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The medieval and renaissance coat (generally spelled cote by costume historians) is a midlength, sleeved men's outer garment, fitted to the waist and buttoned up the front, with a full skirt - in its essentials, not unlike the modern coat. Sleeve (O. Eng. ...


By the eighteenth century, coats had begun to supplant capes and cloaks as outer wear, and by the twentieth century the term jacket became interchangeable with coat for short garments. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... A mysterious man in a cape, in Seinfeld, in episode 6-4. ... Evening cloak or manteau, from Costume Parisien, 1823 A cloak is a type of loose garment that is worn over indoor clothing and serves the same purpose as an overcoat—it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example, or it may form part of a fashionable... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ...


Types of coats

Coats of the 18th and 19th centuries

Some of these styles are still worn.

  • Basque, a tightly fitted, kneelength women's jacket of the 1870s
  • Duster, a long coat of light-colored material worn by cattlemen and early automobile travelers to protect clothing from dust and dirt
Norfolk jackets
Norfolk jackets
  • Frock coat, a kneelength men's coat of the nineteenth century
  • Garibaldi jacket, a short, red women's jacket with military trim of the 1860s
  • Greatcoat, a voluminous overcoat with multiple shoulder capes, prominently featured by European militaries, most notably the former Soviet Union
  • Justacorps, a knee-length coat fitted to the waist with flared skirts
  • Morning coat or cutaway, a dress coat still worn as formal wear

Basque is a term for an item of womens apparel, referring either to a long corset or jacket characterised by a close, contoured fit and extending past the waistline over the hips. ... // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... In My Merry Oldsmobile songbook featuring intrepid automobilists wearing dusters A duster is a light, loose-fitting coat. ... For other uses, see Cowboy (disambiguation). ... Karl Benzs Velo (vélo means bicycle in French) model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race 2005 MINI Cooper S. An automobile (also motor car or simply car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ... Image File history File links Norfolk_Jackets. ... Image File history File links Norfolk_Jackets. ... Formal black frock coat with silk faced lapels, light grey waistcoat, striped trousers, button boots, gloves, cravat in ascot knot and tie pin; April 1904. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA is built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... A greatcoat, also known as a watchcoat, is a large overcoat typically made of leather designed for warmth and protection against the elements. ... Luis Francisco de la Cerda (later Duke of Medinacelli) in a red justacorps with horizontal pockets and lavish decoration, c. ... A morning coat is a mans coat worn as the principal item in morning dress. ... Formal wear (more often in the United States) or formal dress (in the United Kingdom) is a general fashion term used to describe clothing suitable for formal events, including weddings, debutante cotillions, etc. ... A Norfolk jacket is a loose, belted, single-breasted jacket with box pleats on the front and back, now with a belt or half-belt. ... Skirt with narrow knife pleats at the hip line, 1929. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A smoking jacket is an item of clothing, now relatively rare, specifically designed for the purposes of smoking tobacco, usually in the form of pipes and cigars. ... The Spencer, dating from the 1790s, was originally a woolen outer tail-coat with the tails cut-off. ... Events and Trends French Revolution (1789 - 1799). ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bandleader Vincent Lopez in white tie, early 1920s Evening dress (also known as full evening dress) or white tie is the most formal dress code that exists for civilians today. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Formal evening dress is more strictly regulated than other forms of dress, and properly consists of: Black tailcoat with silk (ribbed or satin) facings, sharply cut-away at the front Black trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid in the US or two stripes in Europe White stiff...

Modern coats and jackets

  • Anorak (in the United Kingdom) or parka (in the United States), a hooded jacket for very cold climates
  • Blazer, a nautically-inspired jacket for men or women
  • Bolero, a very short jacket for women, originally worn by matadors
  • Car coat, a hooded hip-length casual jacket inspired by the parka, popular in the 1960s
  • Chesterfield, a long, tailored overcoat of herringbone tweed, with a velvet collar, worn over a suit or dress
  • Dinner jacket or Tuxedo jacket, a men's coat for formal social occasions, usually of plain black fabric with grosgrain lapels
  • Down coat, a warm coat insulated with goose down
  • Duffle Coat or duffel coat, a warm coat made of thick wool; usually having a hood and fastening with toggles
  • Eisenhower jacket, a waist-length, fitted, military-inspired jacket with a waistband based on the World War II Army "Wool Field Jacket, M-1944" introduced by General Dwight Eisenhower
  • Field Jacket, a jacket that is worn by soldiers on the battlefield or doing duties in cold weather. The field jacket came about during World War 2 with the US Army introducing the M-1941 and the M-1943 field jacket and issued the jacket to their troops. The most well-known and the most popular type of military field jacket that is on the market today is the M-1965 or M-65 field jacket which came into US military service in 1965.
  • Jeans jacket or denim jacket, a jacket falling slightly below the waist, usually of denim, with buttoned band cuffs like a shirt and a waistband that can be adjusted by means of buttons. Also called Levi's jacket (see Levi's)
  • Lab coat, a knee-length simple coat, almost always white, worn by scientists, students and researchers in laboratories
  • Medical coat, similar to lab coat, worn by physicians (also termed white coat)
  • Mess jacket, a nearly waist-length fitted formal coat worn as full-dress military uniform evening wear, especially in the British Army. Often brightly coloured and trimmed.
  • Motorcycle jacket, a leather jacket, usually black, worn by motorcycle riders; originally to mid-thigh, now usually to a fitted waist.
  • Opera coat, an ankle- or floor-length women's coat of luxurious fabric (often velvet), to be worn over an evening gown
  • Overcoat, a long, tailored coat worn over a suit or dress
  • Pea coat or P coat, a heavy wool double-breasted hip-length jacket worn by sailors, or a coat styled like this
  • Raincoat, a water-resistant or water proof coat, often belted
  • Sportcoat (US) or Sports jacket (UK), a tailored jacket, similar in cut to a suit coat but more utilitarian, originally casual wear for hunting, riding, and other outdoor sports; specific types include a shooting jacket and hacking jacket
  • Suit coat, the jacket portion of a men's tailored business suit or lounge suit
  • Topcoat, a medium-length tailored coat, shorter than an overcoat, worn over a suit or dress
  • Trench coat, a belted military raincoat developed by Burberry, or any coat styled like this
  • Walking coat, a women's tailored coat of about knee-length, generally to be worn over trousers
  • 7/8 coat, a women's dress coat several inches shorter than the currently fashionable skirt length

Inuit parka. ... This article is about the article of clothing. ... A hood is a kind of headgear. ... It has been suggested that Sportcoat be merged into this article or section. ... Matador Antonio Barrera in the capote de paseo (dress cape) before a bullfight during the 2003 Aste Nagusia festival in Bilbao, Spain A torero (roughly bull handler) is the main performer in bullfighting events in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and U.S. President Ronald Reagan wearing black tie with wives in Quebec, Canada, March 18, 1985. ... A warm coat made from thick wool. ... WWII-era Eisenhower jacket An Eisenhower jacket, or Ike jacket, is a type of military uniform blouse, or shortened coat, terminating in a waistband. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower, born David Dwight Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969) was an American soldier and politician, who served as the thirty-fourth President of the United States (1953-1961). ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The M65 Jacket is a popular field jacket designed for the US Armed forces. ... Denim as used for blue jeans, with a copper rivet to strengthen the pocket. ... Denim as used for blue jeans, with a copper rivet to strengthen the pocket. ... For other uses of the term cuff, see the disambiguation page. ... Levis is a brand of riveted denim jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss & Co. ... A white coat or laboratory coat is a knee-length overcoat worn by professionals in the medical field or by those involved in significant laboratory work to protect their street clothes. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The word student is etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, meaning to direct ones zeal at; hence a student is one who directs zeal at a subject. ... For the suburb of Melbourne, Australia, see Research, Victoria. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Three Canadian officers in shawl or rolled collar jacket and waistcoat style mess dress or mess kit. ... Motorcycle safety clothing. ... Motorcyclists take a break from the road A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... An opera coat is an ankle- or floor-length womens loose-fitting coat of luxurious fabric such as velvet, brocade or satin, to be worn over an evening gown. ... An evening gown or gown is the general name given to a ladys dress worn to a formal affair. ... Overcoat (left) and top coat (right) from The Gazette of Fashion, 1872. ... Pristine example of military-surplus coat, produced by US Navy contract Commonly referred to as Pea Coat. Double-breasted, navy blue worsted wool overcoat originally designed in the early 20th century for use by US Navy personnel. ... Double-breasted pea coat In clothing, double-breasted refers to a coat or jacket or similar garment having a wide overlap in the front with two parallel rows of buttons. ... Three types of sailor are seen here in the wheelhouse: a master, an able seaman, and a harbour pilot. ... The raincoat, a garment worn to protect the upper body from rain, is a compromise between fashion and utility. ... A sportcoat (also called a sports coat or sports jacket) is a tailored coat, similar in cut to a suit coat, but less restrictive, originally of a sturdy fabric for hunting and other outdoor sports. ... “Hunter” redirects here. ... A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Suits from the 1937 Chicago Woolen Mills catalog A suit, with varieties such as a business suit, three-piece suit, lounge suit or two-piece suit , comprises a collection of matching clothing consisting of: a coat (commonly known as a jacket) a waistcoat (optional) (USA vest) — without this it is... A tailor attending to a customer in Hong Kong. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A ladies Burberry handbag in the companys trademarked check pattern Burberry is a UK-based outfitter, manufacturing clothing and other apparel. ...

References

The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is generally regarded as the most comprehensive and scholarly dictionary of the English language. ... Mary Brooks Picken c. ...

External references


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Coat of Mail, body armor made of interlinked steel rings, popular during the Middle Ages.
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Coat (clothing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (959 words)
A coat (a term frequently interchangeable with jacket) is an outer garment worn by both men and women, for warmth or fashion.
Coats typically have long sleeves and open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of these.
By the eighteenth century, coats had begun to supplant capes and cloaks as outer wear, and by the twentieth century the term jacket became interchangeable with coat for short garments.
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