Meaning of matchcoat in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmatʃˌkəʊt/


(also match coat)
historical US
  • A kind of coat formerly worn by North American Indians, originally made of furs, later of coarse woollen cloth (as supplied by white traders).


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Smith (bap. 1580, d. 1631), soldier and colonial governor. From Virginia Algonquian matchkore deerskin robe from Proto-Algonquian *mat- (empty root) + *-ixtoθ- robe, blanket.