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A traditional name for a British soldier (so named because of the colour of the uniform). In the Civil War the term was commonly applied to the Parliamentary forces, although there were red-uniformed soldiers on both sides.

In the UK from the 1950s, redcoat has been used for an organizer and entertainer at a Butlin's holiday camp, who on duty wore a scarlet blazer.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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