From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Waistcoat \Waist"coat\, noun (a) A short, sleeveless coat or garment for men, worn under the coat, extending no lower than the hips, and covering the waist; a vest. (b) A garment occasionally worn by women as a part of fashionable costume.
Note: The waistcoat was a part of female attire as well as male . . . It was only when the waistcoat was worn without a gown or upper dress that it was considered the mark of a mad or profligate woman. --Nares.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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