blackcoat definition

  • noun:
    • A member for the clergy.
    • A clergyman; -- familiarly so called, as a soldier can be called a redcoat or a bluecoat.
    • a person who wears a black layer: a standard and familiar name for a clergyman, as redcoat is, in The united kingdomt, for a soldier.
    • plural A name given to the German reiters, or mercenary troops, within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from their black armor and gown.

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