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Cote, Coit, n.1 Also: coite, coitt, coyte, coyt(t, quote. [ME. cote (c 1300), OF. cote. Cf. Cot n.2]

1. A coat.See also Ganging vbl.n. 4. (1), Halkin(g vbl.n. b, Play-cote n., Quhite-cote n., Wylecot(e n.(a) 1456 Hay I. 134/33.
Treuly it war better, quhen he tuke the mantill, leve him the cote
1502 Treas. Acc. II. 301.
For … Franch tanne … to be ane cote to Pate Sinclair
1508 Ib. IV. 24.
Wellus to be ane cote to the King, half chekkrit with claith of gold
1513 Doug. xi. xv. 22.
Of nedill wark all brusyt was hys cote
1516 Fife Sheriff Ct. 51.
Ane quote of kelt
1544 Treas. Acc. VIII. 325.
For bukram to be pouchis to ane arrayit cote of sating of his gracis
1566 Ib. XI. 472.
To Johnie de Companȝe, allacay, iiij elnis of reid to be him cloke, cote, and hois
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 776.
Exampill in thy self thou seis, How he can turne his cote
1596 Dalr. I. 93/19.
A schorte cote of woll, with wyde and apne sleiues
Ib. 94/7.
Thair cotes war syd
(b) 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 224.
ij ellis of Rissillis blak, to be a coit aboune his jak
1488 Ib. 144.
For lynyng to the saim coyte, ane elne of Fransche blak
1495 Ib. 227.
A quhit coit to the King, lynit wyth blak gray
1538 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 91.
Ane coitt of blak with slevis indentit, berand the townis airmis
1542 Hamilton P. I. 157.
The Kyngis capytainys ... of the quhyt coittys
1553–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 108.
Ane coit, ane dowblet, and … ane bonet to the lokman agane Ȝule
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 150.
Thir ressonis ar to rais ȝow Fra crymes vndir coite
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 369.
Buft brawlit hois, coit, dowblet, sark, and scho
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 128.
Ane cloik of maldy; ane coit of the samyn hew
1596 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 128.
Thow ressauit and weir his coytt and vtheris claithis
1623 Peebles Gleanings 16.
The abuilyementis of his bodie, viz. cloik, coit, breitchis [etc.]
1669 Ann. Banff I. 150.
To by thrie scoir elnes of plaiding, and caus wack and lit the samen reid to be coittis to the sojoris

b. Attrib. with breist, doublet. 1542 Acts & Decr. I. 140 b.
Tua buttonis of gold, ane in his coit brest, ane vther in his dowblet brist
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 287.
In his coitbreist of reddy siluer tua merkis
1591 Ib. XXII. 357.
He leiffis to … Iohne Wilsoun his blak ilk dayis coit doublett

2. Cote of armis, a coat of arms. 1456 Hay I. 278/4. Ib. II. 51/6.
Sen this noble man has first tane sik a beste … to bere in his schelde, and on his cote of armes
1474 Treas. Acc. I. 61.
ij bukis of gold for iiij cotis of armez for the heraldis
1527 Caldwell Fam. P. 59.
I have affixit my proper coyt of armis to thir presents
c1590 Fowler I. 385/240.
On Diomeds cote of armes Thou spyed the little bruche

3. Cote of mailȝe, a coat of mail. 1482 Acta Aud. 109/1.
The wrangwis … withhalding of … a cote of mailȝe
1549 Compl. 163/25.
I exort ȝou that ȝe change ȝour sperutual habitis … in steil iakkis and in cotis of mailȝe
1561 Crim. Trials I. 409.
With … twa handit swerdis, cotis of malȝe, and vtheris wapynnis invasive
1574 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 10.
The baillies ordanis ane coit of mailye and ane hatt, laid in wod be Jonet Pattersoun … to be rowpit

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