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definition of the word bluecoat

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blue + coat

Singular
bluecoat

Plural
bluecoats

bluecoat (plural bluecoats)

  1. (UK) A traditional dress code at certain prestigious British schools
    This was a bluecoat school in my day.
  2. (US history) A soldier or officer in the Union army during the American Civil War
    • 2009 January 18, Ralph Blumenthal, “Re-enactor Is Indicted in Shooting of a Yankee”[1], New York Times: 
      The shot wounded Thomas Lord, a 73-year-old former New York City police officer from Suffolk, Va., and a bluecoat with the Seventh New York Volunteer Cavalry.
  3. (dated) A policeman
    • 1900, Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie[2]:  
      "The offices are up those steps," said the bluecoat.

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