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Men wearing ulsters in early 20th century.


Named after the Ulster Overcoat Company of Belfast, Northern Ireland (Ulster), the original maker of this type of coat.



ulster (plural ulsters)

  1. (clothing, men's attire) A long, loose overcoat made of wool or other rough material, often called a greatcoat, which sometimes features an attached shoulder cape covering the back and sleeves, and which can sometimes be buttoned in front.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia, Norton, published 2005, page 32:
      I hardened my heart and took the smoke-rocket from under my ulster.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Case of Miss Elliott[1]:
      “Do I fidget you ?” he asked apologetically, whilst his long bony fingers buried themselves, string, knots, and all, into the capacious pockets of his magnificent tweed ulster.

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